Humbug; pretentious nonsense.
ETYM French chicanerie.
Mean or unfair artifice to perplex a cause and obscure the truth; stratagem; sharp practice; sophistry.
Clever but misleading talk; deception.
ETYM Latin circumventio.
The act of evading by going around.
ETYM Cf. Scot. faik fold, stratum of stone, AS. faec space, interval, German fach compartment, partition, row, and Eng. fay to fit.
Something false; not what it seems to be; SYN. sham, postiche.
A drumbeat of two strokes of which the first is a very quick grace note.
ETYM Prob. from hum to impose on, deceive + bug a frightful object.
1. One who deceives or misleads; a deceitful or trickish fellow; an impostor.
2. A spirit of deception; cajolery; trickishness.
2. A roguish or mischievous act
ETYM Old Eng. meschef bad result, Old Fren. meschief; pref. mes- (Latin minus less) + chief end, head, French chef chief. Related to Minus, and Chief.
Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others; SYN. mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan.
A mischievous trick; a practical joke.
1. Arrangement of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel; SYN. rigging.
2. Equipment, including necessary machinery, for a particular enterprise.