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Reportedly a form of hocus. Possibly from hocus-pocus or Latin iocus (joke).

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hoax (third-person singular simple present hoaxes, present participle hoaxing, simple past and past participle hoaxed)

  1. (transitive) To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated. (scam)

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hoax (plural hoaxes)

  1. Anything deliberately intended to deceive or trick.

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  • (deliberately false story or report): canard

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