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hoax

[hohks] /hoʊks/
noun
1.
something intended to deceive or defraud:
The Piltdown man was a scientific hoax.
verb (used with object)
2.
to deceive by a hoax; hoodwink.
Origin of hoax
1790-1800
1790-1800; perhaps contraction of hocus
Related forms
hoaxer, noun
unhoaxed, adjective
Synonyms
1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug.
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hoax

/həʊks/
noun
1.
a deception, esp a practical joke
verb
2.
(transitive) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
Derived Forms
hoaxer, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably from hocus
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Word Origin and History for hoax

1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably an alteration of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1630s), or directly from hocus-pocus. Related: Hoaxed; hoaxing.

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