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[trik-uh-ree] /ˈtrɪk ə ri/
noun, plural trickeries.
the use or practice of tricks or stratagems to deceive; artifice; deception.
a trick used to deceive.
Origin of trickery
First recorded in 1790-1800; trick + -ery
Synonym Study
1. See duplicity. Unabridged
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  • How he had stooped to trickery and had stolen the gold with which to pay for Valhalla.

  • It was a very effective finale, but still Amelia suspected no trickery.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Thus it seemed to him anything but intelligent to believe in trickery.

  • He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I am merely pointing out that it left open a way to trickery.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for trickery


noun (pl) -eries
the practice or an instance of using tricks: he obtained the money by trickery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trickery

1800, from trick (v.) + -ery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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