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hoax

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Pronunciation: /həʊks
 
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Definition of hoax in English:

noun

A humorous or malicious deception: the evidence had been planted as part of an elaborate hoax [as modifier]: a hoax 999 call
More example sentences
  • But no accident was discovered and police are treating the incident as a malicious hoax call.
  • They organised elaborate hoaxes like the bestowing of imaginary honours, which he appears to have accepted with due solemnity.
  • As I speculated before, it could be that he is the victim of an elaborate hoax.
Synonyms

verb

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Trick or deceive (someone).
Example sentences
  • I now have reason to believe that in unraveling a hoax I was hoaxed myself.
  • James also investigated the case and found that Tina was hoaxing her adoptive parents and using the media attention to assist her quest to find her biological parents.
  • No amount of fossil data will induce them to admit they are hoaxing their readers.
Synonyms
play a practical joke on, play a joke on, play a jest on, play a prank on, trick, fool;
informal , dated gammon
North American informal sucker, snooker, hornswoggle
Australian informal pull a swifty on
vulgar slang bullshit
archaic cozen

Origin

late 18th century (as a verb): probably a contraction of hocus.

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