legerdemain

[ lej-er-duh-meyn ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

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

Synonyms

  • artfulness
  • cunning
  • deceit
  • chicanery
  • conjuring
  • craftiness
  • deception
  • manipulation
  • trickery

Antonyms

  • frankness
  • openness
  • truthfulness
  • honesty
  • truth

Definition

sleight of hand; trickery

Example

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

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