cheat


cheat
cheat [chēt]
n.
[ME chete < eschete: see ESCHEAT]
1. the act of deceiving or swindling; deception; fraud
2. a person who defrauds, deceives, or tricks others; swindler
3. CHESS2
vt.
1. to deal with dishonestly for one's own gain; defraud; swindle
2. to deceive by trickery; fool; mislead
3. to foil or escape by tricks or by good luck [to cheat death]
4. to deprive of or destroy the effect of through error or ignorance [using the wrong word cheated him of his legacy]
vi.
1. to practice fraud or deception
2. to behave dishonestly, as at games or on an examination
3. Informal to be sexually unfaithful: often with on
cheater
n.
cheatingly
adv.
SYN.- CHEAT, the most general term in this comparison, implies dealing dishonestly or deceptively with someone, to obtain some advantage or gain; DEFRAUD, chiefly a legal term, stresses the use of deliberate deception in criminally depriving a person of rights or property; SWINDLE stresses the winning of a person's confidence in order to cheat or defraud that person of money, etc.; TRICK implies a deluding by means of a ruse, stratagem, etc., but does not always suggest fraudulence or a harmful motive; DUPE1 stresses credulity in the person who is tricked or fooled; HOAX implies a trick skillfully carried off simply to demonstrate the gullibility of the victim

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