Translation of hoax in Spanish:

hoax

engaño, n.

Pronunciation /hoʊks//həʊks/

noun

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    (deception) engaño masculine
    (joke) broma feminine
    there was no bomb, the call was a hoax no había tal bomba, fue todo un engaño
    • it's not a hoax, there really is a fire! ¡no es ninguna broma, de verdad hay un incendio!
    • the story turned out to be a hoax la historia resultó ser una patraña
    • Agent Bald, let's talk about the phone calls that the suspects say they made that were treated as hoaxes or jokes and nobody paid attention.
    • Whether malicious or good willed, what all hoaxes seem to have in common is an element of gaining power over somebody.
    • A hoax bomb, consisting of a plastic bag with wires and batteries taped to it, was found inside the concert hall on the same day.
    • He spoke on pranks, frauds, and hoaxes from around the world.
    • Of course, with the aid of mirrors, it was all an elaborate hoax with a master hidden inside making the moves.
    • Apart from the links, there is sound advice on using the net for genealogy, including tips about how to spot scams and hoaxes.
    • As I speculated before, it could be that he is the victim of an elaborate hoax.
    • The police say they are following a definite line of inquiry into the hoax call and hope to bring the culprit to justice shortly.
    • There were histories of strange animals, most of which had since been identified and in a few cases turned out to be outright hoaxes or jokes.
    • But no accident was discovered and police are treating the incident as a malicious hoax call.
    • A funeral urn full of ashes left in a Salford cab may have been part of an elaborate hoax by Irish pranksters.
    • It leads with a report that two ambulance crew have been suspended after claims they made a hoax emergency call to colleagues.
    • To be more precise, it began with a hoax newspaper story in Chicago.
    • They organised elaborate hoaxes like the bestowing of imaginary honours, which he appears to have accepted with due solemnity.
    • Hinton, himself, was one who enjoyed playing hoaxes and jokes on others.
    • I wonder how many hoaxes and scams are happening in that part of the world as we speak?
    • These hoax messages promise free products if the message is forwarded to a certain number of people.
    • A suspicious device discovered outside the home of a prison officer turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
    • Many companies are plagued by urban legends, scams, and hoaxes delivered by e-mail.
    • It's not beyond people to conduct elaborate online hoaxes for any number of reasons that all really boil down to a means of getting attention.

transitive verb

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    engañar
    we've been hoaxed nos han engañado
    • we hoaxed them into believing that it was a Picasso los embaucamos haciéndoles creer que era un Picasso
    • A few years ago, of course, Frances, one of the girls, admitted that they had hoaxed everybody.
    • As a rule I don't do anything about pleas such as this because I have been hoaxed in the past, but in this case I made an exception and forwarded the email to my address book list.
    • When it came to hoaxing the general public, Barnum was very clever in the way he positioned himself.
    • I now have reason to believe that in unraveling a hoax I was hoaxed myself.
    • James also investigated the case and found that Tina was hoaxing her adoptive parents and using the media attention to assist her quest to find her biological parents.
    • No amount of fossil data will induce them to admit they are hoaxing their readers.
    • His motive for hoaxing the world was clearly not financial, for he turned down opportunities of making a vast fortune from his story.
    • In fact, in 1999 he published a revised edition of the book which argued that not only was her work unreliable due to bad research, but that the poor woman had actually been hoaxed by a number of the islanders she spent time with.
    • It took a few hours, and the worldwide dissemination of the story, before the they realized it had been hoaxed.
    • When I ask if he has ever run into any of the celebrities he has hoaxed, his initial response is to deconstruct the question.
    • Then he turned to hoaxing the gullible, those who wanted to believe in ‘miracle cures’.
    • The newspaper later confirmed that it had been hoaxed and printed a front-page apology, with a pledge to donate money to charity.
    • I know that Ern Malley was not a real person, but a personality invented in order to hoax me.
    • It's just too cruel, they say - like hoaxing someone into believing they've won the lottery.