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cheating (n.)

"deceptiveness, swindling," 1530s, verbal noun from cheat (v.).

updated on February 20, 2013

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Definitions of cheating from WordNet
1
cheating (adj.)
not faithful to a spouse or lover;
Synonyms: adulterous / two-timing
cheating (adj.)
violating accepted standards or rules;
2
cheating (n.)
a deception for profit to yourself;
Synonyms: cheat
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