V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a trick or deception

Synonyms: trick, deception, angle, sham, stunt, lie, ploy, artifice

Antonyms: truth, reality, sincerity

Tips: Ruse is derived from the Old French ruser, which means "to dodge, repel." A ruse is something intended to deceive; it dodges the truth. Use ruse as a more sophisticated way of saying "trick" or "sham."

Usage Examples:

It was an email ruse, but she fell for it every time. (deception, sham)

The man took the city for thousands of dollars in an elaborate ruse that started four years ago. (ploy, deception)

The man was always pulling pranks and ruses on his friends. (tricks)

She thought the ruse would trick classmates, but her stunt backfired when she became the victim of her own ploy. (trick, ploy, artifice)

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