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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: Provençal charrado 'conversation'

charade

noun
     
cha‧rade
1

charades

[uncountable]DG a game in which one person uses actions and no words to show the meaning of a word or phrase, and other people have to guess what it is
2 [countable] a situation in which people behave as though something is true or serious, when it is not really true:
Unless more money is given to schools, all this talk of improving education is just a charade.

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