English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'bluff'

(noun) 
Definition
deliberate deception to create the impression of a strong position
The letter was a bluff.
Synonyms
deception
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
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lie
I've had enough of your lies.
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fraud
He was jailed for two years for fraud.
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sham
Their promises were exposed as a hollow sham.
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pretence
struggling to keep up the pretence that all was well
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deceit
He was guilty of theft, fraud and deceit on an incredible scale.
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bluster
the bluster of their campaign
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subterfuge
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
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feint
a tiny feint or lunge to one side
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mere show
(verb) 
Definition
to pretend to be confident in order to influence (someone)
She tried to bluff her way through the test.
Synonyms
deceive
He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
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trick
He'll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.
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fool
Art dealers fool a lot of people.
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pretend
He pretended to be asleep.
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cheat
He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
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con
She claimed that a fraudster had conned her out of her life savings.
The British motorist has been conned by the government.
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fake
He faked nonchalance.
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mislead
Ministers knowingly misled the public.
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dupe
Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
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feign
You can't feign interest in something you loathe.
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delude
We delude ourselves that we are in control.
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bamboozle (informal)
He was bamboozled by conmen.
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hoodwink
Many people are hoodwinked by the so-called beauty industry.
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double-cross (informal)
They were frightened of being double-crossed.
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pull the wool over someone's eyes
a phony psychic who pulled the wool over everyone's eyes
(noun) 
Definition
a steep promontory, bank, or cliff
a high bluff over the Congaree River
Synonyms
precipice
The path had sheer rock on one side and a precipice on the other.
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bank
resting indolently upon a grassy bank
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cliff
The car rolled over the edge of a cliff.
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ridge
In some places the ridge is quite a gentle feature.
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crag
The castle sits on a rocky crag above the town.
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escarpment
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scarp
(adjective) 
Definition
good-naturedly frank and hearty
a man with a bluff exterior
Synonyms
hearty
He was a hearty, bluff, athletic sort of guy.
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open
She has an open, trusting nature.
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frank
They had a frank discussion about the issue.
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blunt
She is blunt about her personal life.
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sincere
He accepted her apologies as sincere.
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outspoken
He was an outspoken critic of apartheid.
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honest
I was honest about what I was doing.
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downright
a simple, downright chap with no rhetorical airs about him
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cordial
I had never known him to be so chatty and cordial.
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genial
He was a warm-hearted friend and a genial host.
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affable
He is an extremely affable and approachable man.
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plain-spoken
a plain-spoken man full of scorn for pomp and pretense
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back-slapping
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blustering
Opposites
(adjective) 
Synonyms
steep
a narrow, steep-sided valley
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sheer
There was a sheer drop just outside my window.
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abrupt
narrow valleys and abrupt hillsides
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precipitous
a steep, precipitous cliff
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perpendicular
a narrow, exposed beach and perpendicular cliffs

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abrupt
narrow valleys and abrupt hillsides
in the sense of affable
Definition
showing warmth and friendliness
He is an extremely affable and approachable man.
in the sense of bamboozle
Definition
to cheat
He was bamboozled by conmen.
Synonyms
do (informal),
kid (informal),
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
stitch up (slang),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (British, informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),

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