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Definition ruse


From Middle English rūse (“evasive movements of a pursued animal; circuitous course taken by a hunter to pursue a game animal”), from Old French rëuse, ruse (“evasive movements of a pursued animal; trickery”) (modern French ruse (“trick, ruse; cunning, guile”)), from ruser (“to use cunning, to be crafty, beguile”), possibly from Latin rursus (“backward; on the contrary; again, in return”) or Latin recūsāre, from recūsō (“to decline, refuse; to object to, protest, reject”).

The verb is derived from the noun. Compare Middle French ruser (“to use cunning, to be crafty, beguile”); see further above.


ruse (countable and uncountable, plural ruses)

  1. (countable, often hunting, archaic, rare) A turning or doubling back, especially of animals to get out of the way of hunting dogs.
  2. (countable, by extension) An action intended to deceive; a trick.
  3. (uncountable) Cunning, guile, trickery.


ruse (third-person singular simple present ruses, present participle rusing, simple past and past participle rused)

  1. (intransitive) To deceive or trick using a ruse.
  2. (intransitive, hunting, archaic, rare) Of an animal: to turn or double back to elude hunters or their hunting dogs.

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