- The definition of a ruse is a trick.
An example of a ruse is when you lie to someone to get them out of the house before a surprise party.
Origin: Fr from Middle French from Old French reuser, to deceive from Classical Latin recusare, to be reluctant, refuse: see recusant
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Origin: Middle English, detour, dodging, from Old French, from ruser, to drive back; see rush1.