I noun artifice, beguilement, canard, cheat, chicanery, circumvention, counterfeit, cozenage, deceit, deception, defraudation, delusion, device, dupery, duplicity, fabrication, fake, false alarm, false report, falsification, fraud, fraudulence, fraudulency, guile, imposition, imposture, knavery, lie, ludificatio, machination, masquerade, misrepresentation, pettifogging, practical joke, pretense, ruse, scheme, sham, shift, stratagem, subterfuge, swindle, trick, trickery, wile associated concepts: false representation, forgery, fraud, impersonation II index artifice, betray (lead astray), bilk, bunko, canard, circumvent, collusion, deceive, deception, defraud, delude, dupe, ensnare, evade (deceive), fake (noun), fake (verb), false pretense, falsification, frame up, hoodwink, illude, imposture, knavery, maneuver (trick), misrepresent, palter, pretense (pretext), ruse

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  • Hoax — 〈[ hoʊks] m.; , 〉 1. Irreführung, Täuschung, Streich 2. 〈EDV〉 vorsätzliche Falschmeldung über bösartige E Mails u. Viren, die Festplatten löschen od. ähnliche Schäden anrichten können [engl.] * * * Hoax [hoʊks ], der; , es […ksɪs] [engl. hoax =… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hoax — Ⅰ. hoax UK US /həʊks/ verb [T] ► to deceive someone, especially by playing a trick on them: »A fake website was set up and a number of people were hoaxed. → See also SWINDLE(Cf. ↑swindle) Ⅱ. hoax UK US /həʊks/ noun [C] …   Financial and business terms

  • hoax — [həuks US houks] n [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Probably from hocus; HOCUS POCUS] 1.) a false warning about something dangerous ▪ a bomb hoax ▪ hoax calls (=telephone calls giving false information) to the police 2.) an attempt to make people… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hoax´er — hoax «hohks», noun, verb. –n. a mischievous trick, especially a made up story passed off as true: »The report of an attack on the earth from Mars was a hoax. SYNONYM(S): imposture. –v.t. to play a mischievous trick on; deceive in fun or to injure …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hoax — Hoax, n. [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus pocus.] A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoax — Hoax, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hoaxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hoaxing}.] To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively. Lamb. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hoax — [houks] der; , es <aus gleichbed. engl. hoax, dies aus älter engl. hocus, vgl. ↑Hokuspokus> auf die Unwissenheit bzw. Gutgläubigkeit des Adressaten zählende Falschmeldung (z. B. über angeblich existierende, bes. gefährliche Computerviren);… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • hoax — hoax·er; hoax; …   English syllables

  • hoax — [n] trick cheat, cock and bull story*, con*, con game*, crock*, deceit, deception, dodge, fabrication, fake, falsification, fast one*, fast shuffle*, fib, flimflam*, fraud, gimmick, gyp*, hooey*, humbug*, hustle, imposture, joke, lie, practical… …   New thesaurus

  • hoax — ► NOUN ▪ a humorous or malicious deception. ► VERB ▪ deceive with a hoax. DERIVATIVES hoaxer noun. ORIGIN probably a contraction of obsolete hocus «trickery», from HOCUS POCUS(Cf. ↑hocus pocus) …   English terms dictionary

  • hoax — [hōks] n. [< ? HOCUS] a trick or fraud, esp. one meant as a practical joke vt. to deceive with a hoax SYN. CHEAT hoaxer n …   English World dictionary

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