charade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n charade a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades
    • n charade a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Charade A verbal or acted enigma based upon a word which has two or more significant syllables or parts, each of which, as well as the word itself, is to be guessed from the descriptions or representations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n charade An enigma whose solution is a word of two or more syllables, each of which is separately significant in sound, and which, as well as the whole word, must be discovered from a dialogue or description in which it is used, or from dramatic representation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charade shar-äd′ a species of riddle, the subject of which is a word proposed for solution from an enigmatical description of its component syllables and of the whole—the charade is often acted.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. charade, cf. Pr. charrada, long chat, It ciarlare, to chat, whence E. charlatan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; ety. dub. Littré gives Prov. charrada, chatter; Prof. Skeat quotes Sp. charrada, the speech of a clown.

Usage

In literature:

Nick of course was in the charades and in everything, but Julia was not; she only invented, directed, led the applause.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
He looked on hopelessly, as you look at a charade of which you have not got the key.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
We'll act charades to-night.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
Then she is charming and merry, makes enigmas and charades, which she gives mostly to her mother and Petrea to guess.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
And it has passed into a proverb that children by themselves often organized a crusade as they now organize a charade.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
So, one by one, all her nice games were abandoned and only the charade is left.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
This is as good as playing charades.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Each company was given one syllable of a charade to act, with a strict time limit.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
We've got a charade, 'Crisis.
"Dotty Dimple At Home" by Sophie May
All this talk was the day before the charades.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
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In poetry:

So kiss: the drunks upon the curb and dames
in dubious doorways forget their monday names,
caper with candles in their heads;
the leaves applaud, and santa claus flies in
scattering candy from a zeppelin,
playing his prodigal charades.
"Love Is A Parallax" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Every couple of years the same drearily predictable charade repeats itself.
All that was needed to make the months-long charade of raising the national debt limit complete was a pie in the face of every member of Congress from Soupy Sales.
The Obscene Charade they Call the MA "Commercial Striper Season".
Elena Kagan and the ' Vapid and Hollow Charade'.
Whether it was climbing a mountain, playing charades or challenging his four brothers and his sister to a game of Monopoly, Kevin Connors would not be defeated.
SALT LAKE CITY — Sen Orrin Hatch said he skipped a vote on the failed DREAM Act over the weekend because it was a " cynical exercise in political charades" by the Senate's Democratic leadership.
Time to stop the debt charade.
I think this whole toll issue is just another Albany charade.
Michael Kinsley is tired of the exit poll charade TV analysts, he says, almost certainly know the results of the election early in the evening, but aren't allowed to say so until the polls close.
Chicago aldermen are expected to conclude budget hearings this week, but those lengthy hearings are in many ways a charade.
There are charades and then there are charades.
Teen impostor gets year in jail for physician-assistant charade.
Charade of discrimination an invincible dogma.
A long-standing legal charade was played out again recently, when Federal Express paid $3 million to settle an employment discrimination case brought by the US Department of Labor.
A city-owned runoff pond overflowed, pushing water into homes on Charade Way.
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