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
If there wasn't a general consensus or feeling about a cover up, these hoaxes
  wouldn't convince so many people.
Several fossil finds that were used to support the theory of evolution were
  hoaxes or frauds.
They expose hoaxes quickly, and make short work of false pretenses.
Brain surgery is another one of those elite hoaxes explained away by the fact
  that only educated people would understand.
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