charade charade  /ʃə ˈreɪd/


  1. (n) a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
  2. (n) a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades


  1. Random searches are a ridiculous charade, a charade that not only gives a false sense of security but, in fact, diminishes security because it wastes so much time and effort.
  2. Tawan, the colony's dominant male, watched this whole charade, and the next day he too looked Helen in the eye and pretended that he had not yet received an orange.


  1. Why Iran’s Rigged Election Matters

    This week’s presidential election in Iran could be easily dismissed as a charade. Just eight of almost 700 candidates were permitted to run, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have declared even the words “free and fair election” to be a U.S.-inspired call to sedition.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. A. Goldreich; aided Mandela and ANC

    JOHANNESBURG — It was an elaborate charade: a white South African family in a comfortable brick house on the northern edge of Johannesburg, a black farm worker in the tiny servant's quarters out back.        
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  3. Father Goose (Blu-ray)

    Highly Recommended The Movie:   At an age when most actors had long since stopped takingroles (or more likely, the phone had stopped ringing) Cary Grant wasstill making superbfilms.   After making the excellentthriller Charade , Grant went to workon the WWII light comedy, Father Goose ,his second to last movie.   It was won theOscar for Best Original Screenplay and thanks to Olive ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: DVD Talk


  1. "If the starting point for this summit is more of the same backroom deals and partisan bills, then this meeting will likely be a charade," Camp said.
    on Feb 20, 2010 By: David Lee Camp Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "Our plea is, let's not go through this charade. Let's have the Congress present to the president a responsible bill that gives General Petraeus and the men and women in uniform the funding they need and the flexibility they need to get the job...
    on Mar 18, 2007 By: Stephen Hadley Source: Washington Post

  3. "To claim that this is in any way scientific is to continue the charade that has surrounded this issue from day one," Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett told reporters.
    on Feb 8, 2008 By: Peter Garrett Source: Dallas Morning News

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