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Legerdemain

Updated: 5 days ago

Pronunciation: [ lej-er-duh-meyn ]


Definition: noun

sleight of hand; trickery

Origin: 1400; French


Etymology: late Middle English: from French léger de main ‘dexterous’, literally ‘light of hand’


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • artfulness

  • cunning

  • deceit

  • chicanery

  • conjuring

  • craftiness

  • deception

  • manipulation

  • trickery

Antonyms:

  • frankness

  • openness

  • truthfulness

  • honesty

  • truth

Example: In some circles, ethics experts are infamous for just this kind of psychological legerdemain.

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