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English noun: con

1. con (communication) an argument opposed to a proposal

Broader (hypernym)argument, statement


2. con (person) a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison

Synonymsconvict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird

Broader (hypernym)captive, prisoner

Narrower (hyponym)lifer, trusty

3. con (act) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

Synonymsbunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting

Broader (hypernym)cheat, rig, swindle

Narrower (hyponym)sting operation

English adverb: con

1. con in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.

SamplesMuch was written pro and con.


English verb: con

1. con (social) deprive of by deceit

SamplesHe swindled me out of my inheritance.
She defrauded the customers who trusted her.
The cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change.

ExamplesThey con him of all his money

Synonymsbunco, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel, rip off

Narrower (hyponym)short, short-change

2. con (cognition) commit to memory; learn by heart

SamplesHave you memorized your lines for the play yet?.

Synonymslearn, memorise, memorize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit the books, study

Narrower (hyponym)alternate, understudy

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