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hoax

 
 
pronunciation:
hoks
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act meant to trick or deceive.
He used a hoax to make us feel sorry for him.
synonyms:
prank, trick
similar words:
joke, practical joke, stunt
definition 2: something false or fake presented as true or real.
The photograph of giant footprints was a hoax that many people believed was real.
 
synonyms:
fake
similar words:
counterfeit, swindle
derivation: hoaxer (n.)