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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deception mean? 

  The noun DECEPTION has 3 senses:

1. a misleading falsehood
2. the act of deceiving
3. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

  Familiarity information: DECEPTION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1deception [BACK TO TOP]


A misleading falsehood

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


deception; misrepresentation; deceit

Hypernyms ("deception" is a kind of...):

falsehood; falsity; untruth (a false statement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deception"):

dissembling; feigning; pretence; pretense (pretending with intention to deceive)

blind; subterfuge (something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity)

hanky panky; hocus-pocus; jiggery-pokery; skulduggery; skullduggery; slickness; trickery (verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way)

duplicity; fraudulence (a fraudulent or duplicitous representation)

snow job (a long and elaborate misrepresentation)

exaggeration; magnification; overstatement (making to seem more important than it really is)

facade; window dressing (a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant)

half-truth (a partially true statement intended to deceive or mislead)

humbug; snake oil (communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive)

bill of goods (communication (written or spoken) that persuades someone to accept something untrue or undesirable)

equivocation; evasion (a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth)

Sense 2deception [BACK TO TOP]


The act of deceiving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


dissimulation; deception; dissembling; deceit

Hypernyms ("deception" is a kind of...):

falsification; misrepresentaation (a willful perversion of facts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deception"):

take-in (the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone)

bluff; four flush (the act of bluffing in poker; deception by a false show of confidence in the strength of your cards)

obscurantism (a deliberate act intended to make something obscure)

impersonation; imposture (pretending to be another person)

feigning; pretence; pretending; pretense; simulation (the act of giving a false appearance)

delusion; head game; illusion (the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas)

cheat; cheating (a deception for profit to yourself)

double-dealing; duplicity (acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another)

chicane; chicanery; guile; shenanigan; trickery; wile (the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them))

indirection (deceitful action that is not straightforward)

fakery (the act of faking (or the product of faking))

Sense 3deception [BACK TO TOP]


An illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


conjuring trick; legerdemain; magic trick; magic; thaumaturgy; conjuration; deception; illusion; trick

Hypernyms ("deception" is a kind of...):

performance (the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "deception"):

card trick (a trick performed with playing cards)

prestidigitation; sleight of hand (manual dexterity in the execution of tricks)

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