con




A con, or confidence game, is a swindle — when you take advantage of someone’s trust. If you con someone out of their life savings, you might wind up a con — as in convict.

The word con has many meanings, none of them good. An argument has pros and cons, and the cons are always the downside. An ex-con is someone who spent time in jail as a convict, and a con artist is someone who scams people out of their money.

Definitions of con
  1. noun

    an argument opposed to a proposal

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    Antonyms:

    pro

    an argument in favor of a proposal
    type of:

    argument, statement

    a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

  2. adverb

    in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.

    “much was written pro and
    con
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    Antonyms:

    pro

    in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.

  3. noun

    a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

    synonyms:
    bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting
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    types:

    sting operation

    a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
    type of:

    cheat, rig, swindle

    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

  4. verb

    deprive of by deceit

    synonyms:
    bunco, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize
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    types:

    short, short-change

    cheat someone by not returning him enough money
    type of:

    cheat, chisel, rip off

    deprive somebody of something by deceit

  5. verb

    commit to memory; learn by heart

    synonyms:
    learn, memorise, memorize
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    types:

    alternate, understudy

    be an understudy or alternate for a role
    type of:

    hit the books, study

    learn by reading books

  6. noun

    a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison

    synonyms:
    convict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird
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    types:

    lifer

    a prisoner serving a term of life imprisonment
    trusty

    a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
    type of:

    captive, prisoner

    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

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