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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
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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Examples from the web for hoaxes
  • 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.
  • He couldn't have pulled precisely this hoax without it-but we've had hoaxes for ages.
  • Tales and photos of these enormous, fierce-looking fish are widely circulated-and sometimes dismissed as hoaxes.
  • These paranormal claims require testing to be accepted, evidence that they are not flukes or hoaxes.
  • Some hoaxes pan out, and some don't, and some that do come back year after year.
  • hoaxes can cause significant disruptions to operations, and incite fear with employees.
  • The standard procedures can be adapted to manage many unknown but low-risk substances, including powder hoaxes.
British Dictionary definitions for hoaxes

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 hoaxes

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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