Definitions for: Hoax

[n] something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
[v] subject to a palyful hoax or joke

Webster (1913) Definition: Hoax, n. [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus-pocus.]
A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or
story; a practical joke. --Macaulay.

Hoax, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoaxed; p. pr. & vb. n.
To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to
impose upon sportively. --Lamb.

Synonyms: dupery, fraud, fraudulence, humbug, play a joke on, pull someone's leg, put-on

See Also: chicanery, cozen, deceive, delude, goldbrick, guile, lead on, Piltdown hoax, Piltdown man, shenanigan, trickery, wile

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Famous Quotes Containing Hoax:

Global Warming: It is a hoax. It is bad science. It is high-jacking public policy. It is the greatest scam in history.

-- John Coleman (American Businessman)

We all have a right to know, and if the government has been suppressing information about other life forms, that's the cruelest hoax of all.

-- Dwight Schultz (American Actor)

In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.

-- Angela Carter (English Novelist)

I've never written a song in my life. It's all a big hoax.

-- Elvis Presley (American Musician)

Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax, a sick hoax. The men and women who are fighting in Iraq, they are the true heroes.

-- Gale Sayers (American Athlete)

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