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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from hocus; HOCUS-POCUS

hoax

noun
     
hoax [countable]
1 a false warning about something dangerous:
hoax calls (=telephone calls giving false information) to the police
2 an attempt to make people believe something that is not true:

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