hoax

[hohks]
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:
1790–1800; perhaps contraction of hocus

hoaxer, noun
unhoaxed, adjective


1. deception, fraud, fake, imposture, humbug.
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hoax (həʊks)
 
n
1.  a deception, esp a practical joke
 
vb
2.  (tr) to deceive or play a joke on (someone)
 
[C18: probably from hocus]
 
'hoaxer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hoax
1796 (v.), 1808 (n.), probably alt. of hocus "conjurer, juggler" (1640), or directly from hocus-pocus.
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Example sentences
But only now has the whole story of the fantastic hoax been told.
It's pretty obvious from the one photo that this is a hoax.
To infer that climate change is a hoax seems ridiculous to me.
Maybe it was all just a cruel hoax.
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