shenanigan, wile, guile, chicane, chicanery, trickery
n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
jiggery-pokery, hocus-pocus, hanky panky, skullduggery, skulduggery, slickness, trickery
n. verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
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fast one, trick
n. a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
n. any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)
stratagem, gambit, ploy
n. a maneuver in a game or conversation
n. an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
n. the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
n. the quality of being dishonest
n. the tendency to be untruthful
n. conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying
sophistication, sophistry, sophism
n. a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
manoeuvre, maneuver, tactics, tactic
n. a plan for attaining a particular goal
n. a clandestine love affair
religious mysticism, mysticism
n. a religion based on mystical communion with an ultimate reality
thaumaturgy, magic
n. any art that invokes supernatural powers
black art, black magic, necromancy, sorcery
n. the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
witchery, witchcraft
n. the art of sorcery
n. (Haiti) followers of a religion that involves witchcraft and animistic deities
deception, deceit, misrepresentation
n. a misleading falsehood
blind, subterfuge
n. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"
duplicity, fraudulence
n. a fraudulent or duplicitous representation
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