hoax

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hoax subject to a playful hoax or joke
    • n hoax something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hoax A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke.
    • v. t Hoax To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hoax A humorous or mischievous deception; a practical joke; usually, a marvelous or exciting fabrication or fiction gravely related as a test of credulity.
    • n hoax One who misleads or deceives; a hoaxer; a humbug.
    • hoax To deceive by an amusing or mischievous fabrication or fiction; play upon the credulity of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hoax hōks a deceptive trick: a practical joke
    • v.t Hoax to deceive: to play a trick upon for sport, or without malice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus-pocus,

Usage

In literature:

It would be such a cruel hoax.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
At first father was suspicious, thinking it was some kind of a hoax.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
Perhaps they were looking for the "conspirators;" a new hoax to get "martial law.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
I thought it was a hoax.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
It is said to have originated in a Stock Exchange hoax.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The whole thing is probably an ingenious hoax.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
I can't conceive your playing so elaborate a hoax.
"Youth" by Isaac Asimov
It is nothing but a hoax!
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
When they learned of the hoax, they returned and burned the Farr home to the ground.
"A History of the Town of Fairfax" by Jeanne Johnson Rust
A hoax of such magnitude was outside the realm of possibility for a surgeon of his distinction.
"Unbegotten Child" by Winston Marks
Was the guard hoaxing him?
"Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes
I felt instinctively that this was no hoax, as I had imagined, but terrible reality.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
But we suspect that some one has been hoaxing you about the four Turkeys.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Whether a hoax or not, I do not know.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
When he checked with the army, they said I was obviously trying to perpetrate a hoax.
"Of Stegner's Folly" by Richard S. Shaver
Some even thought it was a gigantic hoax.
"The Sword" by Frank Quattrocchi
It's nothing but a dastardly hoax!
"Sube Cane" by Edward Bellamy Partridge
You may, if it pleases you, imagine that we were the victims of an elaborate and extraordinary hoax.
"The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
There are certain of the counsellors who advise against seeing you, declaring that your mission is a hoax.
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
She's been the victim of a hoax.
"Clue of the Silken Ladder" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

I want to discover what lends
Such terror to all timid folks--
That serpent whose mystery tends
To make one believe it a hoax.
"By The Sea" by Hattie Howard
I've no fear of standing exposed
As a fraud in my faith in the future.
It's not life, not a union of souls
We are breaking off, but a hoax mutual.
"Do not fret, do not cry, do not tax..." by Boris Pasternak
So, should you not desire to be
The victim of a cruel hoax,
Then promise me, ah! promise me,
You will not purchase pigs in pokes!
('Twould be en error just as big
To poke your purchase in a pig.)
"Don't Buy a Pig in a Poke" by Harry Graham
The oak-trees tower over all,
They seem to rise above the brawl,
They seem--but just observe the hoax,
They are obscured by other oaks!
They laugh the weaklings out of mind,
And fight forever with their kind.
"Geometry" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

Indiana Jones crystal skull lawsuit raises questions of hoax.
'Real' Indiana Jones ' crystal skull' might be a hoax.
Dart to yet another election-related hoax designed to spread confusion and misdirection.
Hospital says nurse involved in Kate hoax call discovered dead.
It feels like a hoax.
Media caught in headlights by Internet hoax.
Duchess of Cambridge hoax call nurse death a 'tragedy'.
Shell hit with Twitter hoax, campaign spoof.
Is this just another hoax.
A London hospital confirms a nurse caught in a royal radio hoax has died.
The balloon boy saga is deemed a hoax.
Another viral hoax is circulating around Facebook, where many users are claiming to "copyright" their material.
Footage of ghost girl in Corpus Christi's downtown Smith Building is a hoax.
Peoria seventh-grader jailed for flashlight -bomb hoax.
Footage of ghost girl in Corpus Christi's downtown Smith Building is a hoax.
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In science:

Oops they did it again! Carbon nanotubes hoax scientists in viability assays.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
One day while delivering a simple lecture on Newtonian mechanics, she is surprised when the shaman raises his hand and claims that physics is a propagandistic hoax designed by the elites as a way to control the population.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Sophie blinks several times, and then responds that physics can’t be a hoax because it makes real-world predictions that can be verified by independent observers.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Observe that the imaginary reference only exists as a gentle hoax perpetrated by Billingsley in the second edition of the monograph .
Portmanteau inequalities on the Poisson space: mixed regimes and multidimensional clustering
In 1994, a mathematical physicist from the The Sokal affair started with a hoax.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
Almost as soon as the article appeared in print Sokal himself revealed the hoax in a further article published in Lingua Franca and, from that moment on, buoyed by the effect the Internet, his fame was made.
The Latest on the Sokal Affair: Beyond Three Extremisms
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