dupery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dupery something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dupery The act or practice of duping.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dupery The art of deceiving or imposing upon the credulity of others; the ways or methods of a duper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dupery the art of deceiving others
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. duperie, fr. duper,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dupe; of uncertain origin.

Usage

In literature:

Her reign, on the contrary, was only one continual intrigue; and that of the King a perpetual dupery.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
He attributed the dupery to a trick of imposing the idea of her virtue upon men.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Fleetwood's wrath with his position warned him against the dupery of any such alcove thoughts.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Eventually he came to the conclusion that the Republic was mere dupery.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
People like to be plundered in company; dupery then grows into the spirit of party.
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
And between ourselves what dupery there is in science, how it narrows our horizon!
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
And between ourselves what dupery there is in science, how it narrows our horizon!
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
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