English Thesaurus
(noun) 
Definition
an action or plan intended to mislead someone
This was a ruse to divide them.
Synonyms
trick
That was a really mean trick.
,
deception
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
,
ploy
a cynical marketing ploy
,
hoax
His claim to have a bomb was a hoax.
,
device
His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
,
manoeuvre
manoeuvres to block the electoral process
,
dodge
It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
,
sham
Their promises were exposed as a hollow sham.
,
artifice
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
, ,
subterfuge
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
,
stratagem
a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
, ,
imposture (formal)

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 deception
Definition
something that deceives
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
Synonyms
lie,
canard,
porky (British, slang),
pork pie (British, slang),
hokum (slang, US, Canadian),
leg-pull (British, informal),
snow job (slang, US, Canadian),
fastie (Australian, slang)
in the sense of device
Definition
a scheme or plan
His actions are obviously a device to buy time.

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