1. (n.) Deception deliberately practiced with a view to gaining an unlawful or unfair advantage; artifice by which the right or interest of another is injured; injurious stratagem; deceit; trick.

2. (n.) An intentional perversion of truth for the purpose of obtaining some valuable thing or promise from another.

3. (n.) A trap or snare.

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