English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'cheat'

(verb) 
Definition
to defraud
He cheated people out of their life savings.
Synonyms
deceive
He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
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skin (slang)
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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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take in (informal)
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con (informal)
He claimed that the businessman had conned him out of his life savings.
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stiff (slang)
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sting (informal)
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mislead
Ministers knowingly misled the public.
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rip off (slang)
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fleece
She claims he fleeced her out of thousands of pounds.
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hoax
He recently hoaxed a number of celebrities.
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defraud
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government.
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dupe
Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
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beguile
He used his newspapers to beguile his readers.
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gull (archaic)
Consumers are no longer so easily gulled into paying extra for a designer label.
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do (informal)
I'll tell you how they did me.
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swindle
He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
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stitch up (slang)
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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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diddle (informal)
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take for a ride (informal)
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bilk
trusts that secretly conspired to bilk the public
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pull a fast one on (informal)
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screw (informal)
We've been screwed.
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finagle (informal)
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scam (slang)
(verb) 
He cheated death when he was rescued from the blazing cottage.
Synonyms
foil
A brave police chief foiled an armed robbery.
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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defeat
The challenges of constructing such a huge novel almost defeated her.
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prevent
We took steps to prevent it happening.
These methods prevent pregnancy.
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frustrate
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
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thwart
They were doing all they could to thwart the opposition.
(noun) 
Definition
a person who cheats
He's nothing but a rotten cheat.
Synonyms
deceiver
He was condemned as a liar, cheat and deceiver.
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sharper
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cheater
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shark
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charlatan
This so-called psychic was exposed as a charlatan.
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trickster
The veteran trickster had made a fortune in his 40 years of fraud.
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conman or woman (informal)
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con artist (informal)
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impostor
He was an impostor who masqueraded as a doctor.
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fraudster
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double-crosser (informal)
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swindler
Swindlers have cheated investors out of £12 million.
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grifter (slang, mainly US, Canadian)
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rorter (Australian, slang)
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chiseller (informal)
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rogue
He wasn't a rogue at all.
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knave (archaic)
It is difficult to believe that he is such a knave behind my back.
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rogue trader
(noun) 
Definition
a fraud or deception
Synonyms
deception
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
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fraud
a fraud involving pension and social security claims
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sting (informal)
a sting set by the FBI
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rip-off (slang)
Christmas shopping is a rip-off.
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scam (slang)
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deceit
The suspect was found guilty of theft, fraud and deceit on an incredible scale.
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swindle
He fled to Switzerland rather than face trial for a tax swindle.
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artifice
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
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trickery
They will resort to trickery in order to impress their clients.
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imposture (formal)

proverb

Cheats never prosper

Additional synonyms

in the sense of artifice
Definition
a clever trick
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
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),
in the sense of beguile
Definition
to charm (someone) into doing something he or she would not normally do
He used his newspapers to beguile his readers.
Synonyms
take in,
con (informal),
impose on,
gull (archaic),
take for a ride (informal),

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