AskDefine | Define dupery

Dictionary Definition

dupery n : something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage [syn: fraud, fraudulence, hoax, humbug, put-on]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act or practice of duping; the condition of being deceived.


  • 1840, Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship, ch 1,
    Quackery and dupery do abound; in religions, above all in the more advanced decaying stages of religions.
  • 1930, "Dishonesty,"Time, 17 Feb,
    Far more widespread than ticket dupery is another form of "misrepresentation" also recently under fire.
  • 2003, Joseph P. Fried, "The Duke of Dupery, Still Pulling the Wool," New York Times, 21 Dec, p. N51
    Mr. Abel, who lives in Westport, Conn., has earned his bread as a writer and lecturer on problem-solving tactics, and he has earned a reputation as a duke of dupery since 1959, when he masterminded the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals.

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  • Webster 1913
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
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