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Definition a situation in which people act as though something is true that is not

Charades is also the name of a game in which a player acts out a phrase (such as the name of a movie) for others to guess.
  • Their participation in negotiations is a charade to buy time.
  • They took an already unacceptable bill and turned it into a charade.
    Fred Wertheimer
  • This whole charade of living like a slave had come to an end.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • charade = a situation in which people act as though something is true that is not
  • Then we played a bunch of cheesy party games like charades and Monopoly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Carry on the charade of normal family life?
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Dish knew many card games and could even play charades, so he was a great hit with the girls.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • There were charades and games of bridge and backgammon and shuffleboard tournaments and badminton contests.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • There was something pathetic about their grandeur, as if they were dressed up for a charade but not quite fitted.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The only challenge would be to persuade Langdon to set down the keystone so Teabing could safely end this charade.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I kept an eye on my watch, ready to hurry everyone on to part two of tonight's little charade.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • The first time he threw one, I was convinced it was a charade, an act he was putting on.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • We played charades and he was just awful.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • To know this whole thing was some sort of charade?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • They were like a parlor charade of horse and rider.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Everybody joined in for a game of charades.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • And you've been in on this little charade all along.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • I just found out this whole thing was a charade, and now you want me to stop?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • I said he was home and that there was no reason to keep up their charade any longer just for my benefit.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Maybe it'll turn out to have been nothing but a charade all along, but ... people have to try, Roger.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • She's only drawing out this charade to punish me for my ... my moral implosion!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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