Hoax definitions

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The definition of a hoax is a deception, intended to trick or mislead.

A fake news story published to entertain or trick people is an example of a hoax.

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An act intended to deceive or trick.
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Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
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To deceive or cheat by using a hoax.
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A trick or fraud, esp. one meant as a practical joke.
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To deceive with a hoax.
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To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated. (scam)
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Origin of hoax

Reportedly a form of hocus. Possibly from hocus-pocus or Latin iocus meaning "joke".