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    A single word for a concept

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by HorusEye, May 19, 2010.

    The concept is the act of fooling people to believe something which isn't the case. I'm looking for a word that defines the act itself.

    "To pretend" isn't quite right.

    "To lie" doesn't work, as you can't say "To lie that [such and such]".

    Gramatically it should be able to replace "To say".
     
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    hoodwink?

    obfuscate?
     
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    That describes the concept well, but I guess I'll have to restructure the sentence, since

    "His greatest accomplishment was to hoodwink that a ghost lived in the forest."

    isn't working quite right, is it?
     
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    mislead?
     
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    My nick? XD :p
     
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    Deceive? Propagandize? Make up?
     
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    Run a scam or hoax?

    Is it important that it be a single word?
     
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    only because you left out who's been hoodwinked... most of the words suggested will work in the sentence, but not till you add what's missing:

     
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    Hmm... it's the act of fooling people...

    to fool?
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far.

    Yup, that was my problem with the sentence all along and why I was having a hard time finding a useful word. I wanted to avoid specifying who was the target of the action. Similar to the way "say" works, where a target isn't needed. But perhaps all synonyms for tricking/pretending require a specific target?
     
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    at least a general one...
     
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    "His most successful hoax was the fiction that a ghost lived in the forest."

    Meh. Not perfect, but I thought I'd post it anyway.
     

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