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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).]
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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]
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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]
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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
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hocus-pocus

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

hocus-pocus

[ˈhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs]
A. N (= trickery) → juego m de manos; (= words) → jerigonza f
B. EXCLabracadabra
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

hocus-pocus

[ˌhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs] n
(= trickery) → supercherie f
(= words) [magician] → formules fpl magiques
(= mumbo-jumbo) → galimatias m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

hocus-pocus

n
(inf: = trickery) → faule Tricks pl (inf), → Hokuspokus m
(= formula)Hokuspokus m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

hocus-pocus

[ˈhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəs] n (trickery) → trucco; (words, of magician) → abracadabra m inv; (talk) → ciance fpl
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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Third, that Penelope had heard them rehearsing their hocus-pocus, like actors rehearsing a play.
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