1An absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance: talk of unity was nothing more than a charade
More example sentences
- Cyril confesses to never taking to parliament as an institution and described it as a charade and a farce.
- This charade of an interview was nothing more than a commercial for appeasement.
- Maybe it's time we dropped the charade and accepted that we're as brash and pushy as any New York cabbie ever was.
1.1 (charades) A game in which players guess a word or phrase from pantomimed clues.
- Reading and parlour games such as charades are preferred.
- Moll took a moment to try to decipher it, feeling like she was playing an odd parlour game of charades.
- The evening ended with a game of charades with some very unusual and funny pub names to guess.
Late 18th century: from French, from modern Provençal charrado 'conversation', from charra 'chatter', perhaps of imitative origin.
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