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Cheating, dishonest and insincere behaviour - thesaurus

Synonyms

dishonesty

noun

behaviour that involves doing things that are not honest

deceit

noun

dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone

corruption

noun

dishonest or illegal behaviour by officials or people in positions of power, especially when they accept money in exchange for doing things for someone

deception

noun

the act of tricking someone by telling them something that is not true

sleaze

noun

behaviour that is dishonest or immoral, especially in politics or business

foul play

noun

behaviour that is not fair or honest or that does not keep to accepted rules

misconduct

noun

formal seriously bad or dishonest behaviour, especially by someone who has a position of responsibility

guile

noun

formal the skilful use of dishonest means to trick people or to make them do what you want

duplicity

noun

formal dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone

double-dealing

noun

behaviour by which you cheat someone, especially by pretending to do one thing while doing the opposite

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act

noun

a way of behaving that does not show what someone is really like or what they really feel

airs

noun

behaviour that is not natural and relaxed by someone who wants to impress people and seem important

arse-licking

noun

Britishoffensiveshowing disapproval the behaviour of someone who is too pleasant and helpful to someone in authority, in order to get what they want

artifice

noun

behaviour that is intended to trick someone

bad faith

noun

the condition of not being sincere or honest about your intentions

the black arts

noun

humorous a skill or method for achieving things in a clever but dishonest way

camouflage

noun

a way of hiding the truth

cant

noun

talk that is not sincere, often about religion or morals

casuistry

noun

very formal the use of clever arguments, especially on moral issues, to try to make someone believe something that is not true

chicanery

noun

formal the use of clever, unfair, or dishonest methods to trick people, especially in legal matters

collusion

noun

formal the secret activities of people who work together to do something dishonest

crocodile tears

noun

sympathy or sadness that is not sincere

cunning

noun

the use of clever methods to get what you want, especially methods that involve tricking or cheating people

doublespeak

noun

double talk

double talk

noun

a way of saying things that makes it impossible for people to understand, used by people in official positions when they want to hide the truth

dramatics

noun

informal the behaviour of someone who shows a lot of emotion that is not necessary or sincere

facade

noun

a false appearance or way of behaving that hides what someone or something is really like

front

noun

behaviour that is not sincere because you want to hide your real feelings

funny business

noun

dishonest or illegal activities

gentility

noun

a false way of behaving that is intended to make people believe you belong to a high social class

graft

noun

Americaninformal dishonest or illegal activities in politics or business that involve giving people money or advantages in exchange for their help or support

hanky-panky

noun

informal minor dishonest or illegal activities

honeytrap

noun

an occasion when an attractive person tricks another person into revealing secret information or behaving in an illegal or immoral way

hot air

noun

informal statements that sound impressive but are really not sincere or sensible

humbug

noun

behaviour or talk that is not sincere

jiggery-pokery

noun

informal dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick people, often in business or politics

maneuvering

the American spelling of manoeuvring

manipulation

noun

behaviour that influences someone or controls something in a clever or dishonest way

manoeuvring

noun

clever or dishonest behaviour that allows you to get something that you want

masquerade

noun

behaviour that hides what you are really feeling or thinking

monkey business

noun

informal dishonest or bad behaviour

newspeak

noun

showing disapproval language that sounds impressive but deliberately hides the truth and tries to change people’s traditional views about something

obscurantism

noun

very formal the practice of deliberately making things more confusing or complicated, so that people do not know the truth

pieties

noun

statements that are morally right but not sincere

play-acting

noun

behaviour in which you pretend to be upset, injured etc in order to get sympathy or an advantage

pose

noun

behaviour that is not natural or sincere and is intended to impress or trick people

pretension

noun

a way of behaving that is intended to impress other people but seems false or too deliberate

pretension

noun

used about books, films, and other things that people create

rigging

noun

the act of organizing something in a dishonest way in order to produce a particular result

sharp practice

noun

old-fashioned dishonest business activities

shenanigans

noun

informal silly, dishonest, or immoral behaviour

show

noun

an occasion when you pretend to have particular feelings

skulduggery

noun

secret activities that are intended to trick or cheat people

sleight of hand

noun

clever and slightly dishonest behaviour used for achieving something

trickery

noun

the use of tricks to get what you want

turpitude

noun

formal behaviour that is dishonest or immoral

veneer

noun

a pleasant appearance, or a polite way of behaving that is not sincere

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