[syn: magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic, legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion, deception]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Deception \De*cep"tion\, n. [F. d['e]ception, L. deceptio, fr.
decipere, deceptum. See Deceive.]
1. The act of deceiving or misleading. --South.
2. The state of being deceived or misled.
There is one thing relating either to the action or
enjoyments of man in which he is not liable to
3. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false
representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
There was of course room for vast deception.
Syn: Deception, Deceit, Fraud, Imposition.
Usage: Deception usually refers to the act, and deceit to the
habit of the mind; hence we speak of a person as
skilled in deception and addicted to deceit. The
practice of deceit springs altogether from design, and
that of the worst kind; but a deception does not
always imply aim and intention. It may be undesigned
or accidental. An imposition is an act of deception
practiced upon some one to his annoyance or injury; a
fraud implies the use of stratagem, with a view to
some unlawful gain or advantage.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a misleading falsehood [syn: misrepresentation, deceit,
2: the act of deceiving [syn: deception, deceit,
3: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn:
magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic,
legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
151 Moby Thesaurus words for "deception":
acting, affectation, airy nothing, appearance, artifice,
attitudinizing, autism, befooling, bluff, bluffing, bubble, burial,
burying, casuistry, cheat, cheating, chicane, chicanery, chimera,
clouding, color, coloring, concealedness, concealment, covering,
covering up, covertness, cunning, darkening, daydream, deceit,
deceptiveness, defrauding, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dirt,
disguise, dishonesty, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation,
double-dealing, dream, dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, dupery,
duping, duplicity, equivocation, facade, face, fake, fakement,
fakery, faking, false air, false belief, false front, false show,
falsity, feigning, feint, flam, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt,
gloss, guile, gulling, gyp, hallucination, hanky-panky, hiddenness,
hiding, hoax, hoodwinking, humbug, humbuggery, hypocrisy,
ignis fatuus, illusion, impose, imposture, indirection, interment,
intrigue, invisibility, knavery, manipulation, masking, masquerade,
meretriciousness, mirage, misbelief, misconception, mystification,
obscuration, obscurement, occultation, ostentation, outward show,
overreaching, pipe dream, playacting, pose, posing, posture,
pretense, pretension, pretext, putting away, representation, ride,
rip-off, ruse, screening, secrecy, secretion, seeming, self-deceit,
self-deception, self-delusion, sell, semblance, sham,
sharp practice, show, simulacrum, simulation, snow job, sophism,
sophistry, speciousness, spoof, spuriousness, stratagem,
subterfuge, tergiversation, treachery, trick, trickery, trip,
uncommunicativeness, vapor, varnish, wile, window dressing,