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English noun: deception

1. deception (communication) a misleading falsehood

Synonymsdeceit, misrepresentation

Broader (hypernym)falsehood, falsity, untruth

Narrower (hyponym)bill of goods, blind, dissembling, duplicity, equivocation, evasion, exaggeration, facade, feigning, fraudulence, half-truth, hanky panky, hocus-pocus, humbug, jiggery-pokery, magnification, overstatement, pretence, pretense, skulduggery, skullduggery, slickness, snake oil, snow job, subterfuge, trickery, window dressing

2. deception (act) the act of deceiving

Synonymsdeceit, dissembling, dissimulation

Broader (hypernym)falsification, misrepresentation

Narrower (hyponym)bluff, cheat, cheating, chicane, chicanery, delusion, double-dealing, duplicity, fakery, feigning, four flush, guile, head game, illusion, impersonation, imposture, indirection, obscurantism, pretence, pretending, pretense, shenanigan, simulation, take-in, trickery, wile

3. deception (act) an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

Synonymsconjuration, conjuring trick, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick

Broader (hypernym)performance

Narrower (hyponym)card trick, prestidigitation, sleight of hand

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