Origin of ruse
Definition for ruse (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for ruse
The ruse worked and her attendance at the party went unreported.Inside the Harry and Cressie Make Up: Britain’s Favorite Royal Is In Love|Tom Sykes|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the Beyoncé stage pictures are a ruse: they have an air of intimacy while telling us nothing of substance at all.
With luck, some of the thousands of men who fell for this ruse will soon be in jail.Dutch NGO Stages Sting Of Pedophiles With Virtual Girl|Christopher Dickey|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But it was a ruse; Northup was kidnapped, flogged, and sold for $1,000 at a slave market in New Orleans.
The ruse is all the more remarkable considering that Yousefi has almost no training as a performer.Meet the Female Borat, British Comedienne Mona Yousefi|Kevin Fallon|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Grimm gives a tale precisely similar, with the exception that it is a hare and not a fox who is deceived by the ruse.
A moment later, and his ruse would have failed, for the claws of the lion rattled upon the shield as it descended.The Young Yagers|Mayne Reid
No record is left of personal almsgiving, save when resorted to as a ruse to obtain entrance to the French prisons.
The ruse was quite successful, and while Fred was opening the papers, Hugh sought sanctuary in the nursery.Hugh|Arthur Christopher Benson
Quick to catch his ruse, she struck wildly with her hands, and called for help.The Fall of a Nation|Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for ruse (1 of 2)
Word Origin for ruse
British Dictionary definitions for ruse (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for ruse
early 15c., "dodging movements of a hunted animal;" 1620s, "a trick," from Old French ruse, reuse "diversion, switch in flight; trick, jest" (14c.), back-formed noun from reuser "to dodge, repel, retreat; deceive, cheat," from Latin recusare "deny, reject, oppose," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + causari "plead as a reason, object, allege," from causa "reason, cause" (see cause (n.)). It also has been proposed that the French word may be from Latin rursus "backwards," or a Vulgar Latin form of refusare. Johnson calls it, "A French word neither elegant nor necessary." The verb ruse was used in Middle English.