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con 1

Syllabification: con
informal

verb (cons, conning, conned)

[with object]
Persuade (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception: I conned him into giving me your home number she was jailed for conning her aunt out of $500,000
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  • He is charged with sending spam emails which conned people into believing that they had won millions of dollars in overseas lotteries, or inheritance, or through a business opportunity.
  • It works the first time, causing the person being conned to believe that the rest of the notes will be cleaned and thus yield a fortune.
  • He managed to con people into believing he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor.

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An instance of deceiving or tricking someone: when depositors, realizing that the whole thing is a con, demand repayment [as modifier]: a con artist
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  • Many cons and scams (throughout the world) depend on the greed and dishonesty of the victim to help the scam along.
  • For those who enjoy movies about heists, cons, and double-crosses, this will satisfy.
  • Homes in Writtle, Chelmsford, Springfield and Purleigh have been targeted with three cons used to trick elderly householders.

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US): abbreviation of confidence, as in confidence trick.

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con 2 Syllabification: con

noun

A disadvantage: borrowers have to weigh up the pros and cons of each mortgage offer
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  • We see no doubt that the Election Commission came to its decision after bearing in mind the pros and cons of the whole situation.
  • If one is balanced one can weigh the pros and cons of particular situations more easily.
  • Year in and year out the same comments are trotted out as to the pros and cons of the difficulty of the tests.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin contra 'against'.

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con 3 Syllabification: con

noun

informal
A convict.
Example sentences
  • Too many characters and situations are implausible - you surely wouldn't find such a tame, gentle set of cons in any prison.
  • Let all but death row cons and pedophiles join up out of prison for a pardon.
  • The measure was taken in response to security concerns and is not intended to punish inmates for their fellows cons ' transgressions.

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

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con 4 Syllabification: con

verb (cons, conning, conned)

[with object] archaic
Study attentively or learn by heart (a piece of writing): the girls conned their pages with a great show of industry
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  • "Set in a notebook, learned & conned by rote" From Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
  • We hope to show that a logic-based learning method can be applied to less conned learning tasks.
  • Anyone who does know something about it is more likely to have acquired that knowledge in bits by conning books (however carefully) or taking a few workshops on weekends or for a week in the summer.

Origin

Middle English cunne, conne, con, variants of can1.

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con 5 Syllabification: con

noun

informal
A convention, especially one for science fiction enthusiasts.
Example sentences
  • I waited until the next con and let the convention officials tell him how it would henceforth be.
  • Colin, despite his general enthusiasm for cons, harbors contempt towards what he considers the illiteracy of many fans.
  • The IFilm crew has a bevy of videos shot at the con, including their annual rundown of scantily-clad women.

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

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con 6 Syllabification: con
Variant spelling of conn.
Example sentences
  • Then the lanky, bearded boatswain would take the helm while the captain conned the ship from one bridge wing or the other, with the chief engineer at his elbow
  • Why is the term ‘bridge’ used to signify the place from where a ship is conned?
  • Together they stood in the foretops and conned the ship in through the seething maelstrom of the equatorial current.

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