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Definition of deception:

  1. That which deceives or is intended to deceive; false representation; artifice; cheat; fraud.
  2. The act of deceiving or misleading.
  3. The state of being deceived or misled.

Synonyms:

dishonesty, take-in, legerdemain, lying, treason, craft, conjuring, head game, illusion, fabrication, magic trick, put-on, misleading, sleight, cheating, gimmick, guile, sophism, fraudulence, equivocation, conjuring trick, deceitfulness, prank, untruth, falsehood, whoremaster, finesse, misrepresentation, misconduct, foxiness, delusion, guilefulness, cunningness, whoremonger, deceptiveness, smoke and mirrors, trick, incantation, jig, shiftiness, foul play, prevarication, fakery, magic, imposition, lie, fancy, fast one, pretence, circumvention, caper, joke, conjuration, dissembling, betrayal, treachery, mendacity, fantasy, chicanery, pretense, wiliness, dissimulation, snow job, crookery, double-dealing, imposture, craftiness, invocation, trickiness, blarney, duplicity, cozenage, honesty, semblance, frankness, thaumaturgy, insincerity, cunning, dupery, feigning, john, wile, hypocrisy, honest, crookedness, corruption, indirection, conjury, means, shenanigan, antic, trumpery, flimflam, deceit, phantasy.

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