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Definition of "charade" []

  • Games A game in which words or phrases are represented in pantomime, sometimes syllable by syllable, until they are guessed by the other players. (noun)
  • Games An episode in this game or a word or phrase so represented. (noun)
  • A readily perceived pretense; a travesty: went through the charade of a public apology. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "charade" in a sentence
  • "Taylor boycotted the opening day of the trial, which he called a charade in a letter read by his defense attorney."
  • "Although MEND said it did not take part in the amnesty - which it described as charade - most of its top commanders laid down arms."
  • "The true charade is holding people in detention for years with no indictment and no trial."