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Definition of "hoax" []

  • An act intended to deceive or trick. (noun)
  • Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means. (noun)
  • To deceive or cheat by using a hoax. (verb-transitive)

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 "hoax" in a sentence
  • "– I agree that one about climate science being a hoax is my favorite."
  • "This hoax is then used to justify the immediate purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations."
  • "An alternative, if available, is often used instead of the word hoax."