American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An act intended to deceive or trick.
- n. Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
- v. To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A humorous or mischievous deception; a practical joke; usually, a marvelous or exciting fabrication or fiction gravely related as a test of credulity.
- n. One who misleads or deceives; a hoaxer; a humbug.
- To deceive by an amusing or mischievous fabrication or fiction; play upon the credulity of.
- v. transitive To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated.
- n. Anything deliberately intended to deceive or trick.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke.
- v. To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively.
- n. something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
- v. subject to a playful hoax or joke
- This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of hocus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“– I agree that one about climate science being a hoax is my favorite.”
“This hoax is then used to justify the immediate purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations.”
“An alternative, if available, is often used instead of the word hoax.”
“Mr. Troyer said later that some of the search had been in response to what he called a hoax - a man called the police and falsely said he was the gunman.”
“The term hoax device shall mean any device that would cause a person reasonably to believe that such device is for endangering life or doing unusual damage to property, or both, by fire or explosion, whether or not contrived to ignite or explode automatically. ”
“The shamelessly self-promoting father of the "Balloon Boy" hoax is making another grab at the limelight.”
“What some are calling a hoax is reminiscent of 2009's Balloon Boy case.”
“I believe the question was do you or do you not support the contention that a hoax is being executed on the peoples of the world.”
“We are left now with the realization that we cannot trust scientists and that it was a planned hoax from the word go.”
“STOCKHOLM mdash; Canadian police are investigating whether a phoned-in hoax caused a Pakistani jet to be diverted to Stockholm for several hours Saturday for fear ...”
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