Definition of trickery in English:



  • The practice of deception.

    ‘the dealer resorted to trickery’
    • ‘The Olympic Games were never free from professionalism, trickery or violence.’
    • ‘Similar trickery explains why the Government wants to criminalise the wearing of face paint or silly masks on demonstrations.’
    • ‘There is no music, no colour, no trickery: only an actress, a bare stage and light.’
    • ‘But there was an element of delusion, mild trickery even, about this process.’
    • ‘There's a great deal more here than just visual trickery though.’
    • ‘It would be cruel, but a pirate who ever dared such trickery and deceit would ask for no better.’
    • ‘Yet I felt no challenge of will; only that some false and subtle trickery had been used.’
    • ‘Sceptics have suggested that there must be some trickery involved.’
    • ‘There is a lot of trickery going on in the carnival, as Ben quickly discovers.’
    • ‘If it was called magic we would have expected some trickery and sleight of hand.’
    • ‘But he understands how to expose a defense and has been known to use some trickery.’
    • ‘Art or artifice is also used to describe cunning and trickery.’
    • ‘Hermes is god of communication, deceit, language, trickery, and magic.’
    • ‘A repeat of his old trickery will ignite calls for fighting to start’
    • ‘But this material is so swamped in trickery and knavery that its inclusion becomes worthless.’
    • ‘There is so much deceit and trickery about this mob that it needs to be categorised.’
    • ‘Negatively this card represents trickery or deception and is a warning to be careful of whom you place your trust in.’
    • ‘The man was marvellous, nonchalantly building to crescendos with the fine-tuned trickery of an old master.’
    • ‘The deception and trickery used for gain in America is not left out in this book.’
    • ‘This show is the story of his short career in confidence trickery.’
    deception, deceit, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, double-dealing, legerdemain, sleight of hand, guile, intrigue, deviousness, cunning, craft, craftiness, artfulness, slyness, subterfuge, skulduggery, chicanery, wiles, fraud, fraudulence, swindling, sophistry, sharp practice, underhandedness
    dissimulation, pretence
    monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, kidology, shenanigans, flimflam
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