noun, plural trick·er·ies.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trickery

Contemporary Examples of trickery

Historical Examples of trickery

  • 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 plural -eries

the practice or an instance of using trickshe obtained the money by trickery
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Word Origin and History for trickery

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper