hocus-pocus


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ho·cus-po·cus

 (hō′kəs-pō′kəs)
n.
1. Nonsense words or phrases used as a formula by quack conjurers.
2. A trick performed by a magician or juggler; sleight-of-hand.
3. Foolishness or empty pretense used especially to disguise deception or chicanery.
tr.v. ho·cus-po·cused, ho·cus-po·cus·ing, ho·cus-po·cus·es or ho·cus-po·cussed or ho·cus-po·cus·sing or ho·cus-po·cus·ses
To play tricks on; deceive.

[Possibly from an alteration of Latin hoc est corpus (meum), this is (my) body (words used in the Eucharist at the time of transubstantiation).]

hocus-pocus

(ˈhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs)
n
1. trickery or chicanery
2. mystifying jargon
3. an incantation used by conjurors or magicians when performing tricks
4. conjuring skill or practice. Also called: hokey-pokey
vb, -cuses, -cusing, -cused, -cuses, -cussing or -cussed
to deceive or trick (someone)
[C17: perhaps a dog-Latin formation invented by jugglers]

ho•cus-po•cus

(ˈhoʊ kəsˈpoʊ kəs)

n., v. -cused, -cus•ing (esp. Brit.) -cussed, -cus•sing. n.
1. meaningless words used in conjuring.
2. a juggler's trick; sleight of hand.
3. mysterious or elaborate activity or talk, esp. for covering up a deception.
v.t.
4. to play tricks on or with.
[1615–25; pseudo-Latin rhyming formula used by magicians]

hocus-pocus


Past participle: hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
Gerund: hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing

Imperative
hocus-pocus
hocus-pocus
Present
I hocus-pocus
you hocus-pocus
he/she/it hocus-pocuses
we hocus-pocus
you hocus-pocus
they hocus-pocus
Preterite
I hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
he/she/it hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
we hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
they hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
Present Continuous
I am hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you are hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it is hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we are hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you are hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they are hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Present Perfect
I have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
he/she/it has hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
we have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
they have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
Past Continuous
I was hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you were hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it was hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we were hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you were hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they were hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Past Perfect
I had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
he/she/it had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
we had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
they had hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
Future
I will hocus-pocus
you will hocus-pocus
he/she/it will hocus-pocus
we will hocus-pocus
you will hocus-pocus
they will hocus-pocus
Future Perfect
I will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
he/she/it will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
we will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
they will have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
Future Continuous
I will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they will be hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it has been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they will have been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
he/she/it had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
we had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
you had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
they had been hocus-pocusing/hocus-pocussing
Conditional
I would hocus-pocus
you would hocus-pocus
he/she/it would hocus-pocus
we would hocus-pocus
you would hocus-pocus
they would hocus-pocus
Past Conditional
I would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
he/she/it would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
we would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
you would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
they would have hocus-pocused/hocus-pocussed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hocus-pocus - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some wayhocus-pocus - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood

hocus-pocus

noun
Esoteric, formulaic, and often incomprehensible speech relating to the occult:
Translations

hocus-pocus

[ˈhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs]
A. N (= trickery) → juego m de manos; (= words) → jerigonza f
B. EXCLabracadabra

hocus-pocus

[ˌhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs] n
(= trickery) → supercherie f
(= words) [magician] → formules fpl magiques
(= mumbo-jumbo) → galimatias m

hocus-pocus

n
(inf: = trickery) → faule Tricks pl (inf), → Hokuspokus m
(= formula)Hokuspokus m

hocus-pocus

[ˈhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs] n (trickery) → trucco; (words, of magician) → abracadabra m inv; (talk) → ciance fpl

hocus-pocus

(houkəsˈpoukəs) noun
trickery; words, actions etc which are intended to deceive or mislead (someone). The people were not deceived by the political hocus-pocus of the prospective candidate.
References in classic literature ?
What sort of hocus-pocus you bring it about by, I don't pretend to know; but you always end in making me take his part, as if I was his father instead of you.
You go against rottenness, and there is nothing more thoroughly rotten than making people believe that society can be cured by a political hocus-pocus.
The card is some hocus-pocus,--a blind, as like as not.
I sat down at the supper table last night at Riddle's, and I looked at Rosy, and I says to myself, 'Chunk, if you get the girl get her on the square--don't try any hocus-pocus with a thoroughbred like her.
Third, that Penelope had heard them rehearsing their hocus-pocus, like actors rehearsing a play.
And I lean the more to this opinion from finding that even the historian of those exploits, with all his partiality for his hero, is fain to admit that the slaughtered monsters in question were of a very innocent and simple turn; extremely guileless and ready of belief; lending a credulous ear to the most improbable tales; suffering themselves to be easily entrapped into pits; and even (as in the case of the Welsh Giant) with an excess of the hospitable politeness of a landlord, ripping themselves open, rather than hint at the possibility of their guests being versed in the vagabond arts of sleight-of-hand and hocus-pocus.
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LUDICROUS Some appear twice - or even three times - in this hocus-pocus list.
AVOIDING stepping on the cracks in pavements or walking beneath ladders is readily regarded as hocus-pocus superstition.
And a careful analysis of her 'ugly' portrait made me wonder: how in the world did she get there in the first place, with hocus-pocus, snotty attitude like that?
HOCUS-POCUS is coming to Tyneside with the South Tyneside International Magic Festival.
Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus," Huebsch told reporters.