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trickery

[trik-uh-ree]
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noun, plural trick·er·ies.
  1. the use or practice of tricks or stratagems to deceive; artifice; deception.
  2. a trick used to deceive.
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Origin of trickery

First recorded in 1790–1800; trick + -ery

Synonym study

1. See duplicity.
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Examples from the Web for trickery

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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

trickery

noun plural -eries
  1. the practice or an instance of using trickshe obtained the money by trickery
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Word Origin and History for trickery

n.

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

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