Adjective "con" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Persuade (someone) to do or believe something by lying to them.
  1. 'she was jailed for conning her aunt out of £500,000'
  2. 'We allow criminals who have stolen or conned people out of their money to retain their assets even though the property that they have taken has not been recovered.'
  3. 'He couldn't believe that he had let Frankie con him into believing him.'
  4. 'It works the first time, causing the person being conned to believe that the rest of the notes will be cleaned and thus yield a fortune.'
  5. 'Governments only need to spend millions of dollars trying to con us into believing that they've done a good job if they haven't.'
  6. 'Also, the trailers and TV ads are conning us into believing that it's about a talking kangaroo.'
  7. 'According to Jevans, it is hard to know how many people are conned by phishing scams.'
  8. 'The Internet giant has taken almost two weeks to respond to allegations of a scam designed to con its users out of £199.'
  9. '‘Up is down, and down is up… My feeling is that someone has essentially conned her into believing that she's going to be voting,’ he said.'
  10. 'Police believe the man conned his way into the 41-year-old victim's house by offering to do building work.'
  11. 'Most of these reports were of tourists being conned or swindled.'


An instance of deceiving or tricking someone.
  1. as modifier 'a con artist'
  2. 'Are you deluding yourself or are you a con artist?'
  3. 'Too bad they are catering to a con artist's conceit.'
  4. 'Homes in Writtle, Chelmsford, Springfield and Purleigh have been targeted with three cons used to trick elderly householders.'
  5. 'This swindle is commonly known as ‘419 fraud,’ after the section of the Nigerian penal code covering cons.'
  6. 'Whatever their merits as science, the UK farm-scale trials risk being remembered as a political con.'
  7. 'I've obviously become rather cynical over time, but then when it comes to card tricks, my first thought these days is to look for the con.'
  8. 'I was turning into a regular con artist these days.'
  9. 'City of York Trading Standards is often at its busiest in the festive season investigating scams and cons that can spoil many people's Christmas.'
  10. 'This person could therefore be a successful writer - or con artist.'
  11. 'It does not lend any credibility to the possibility of Jimmy as a con artist.'


A convention, especially one for science fiction enthusiasts.
  1. 'I waited until the next con and let the convention officials tell him how it would henceforth be.'
  2. 'Given the way I'm working at the con, I can do an hour a day, every day, signing.'
  3. 'This done, and for the first time ever, I managed to leave for the con by 10 am fairly sure that everything (so far) was under control.'
  4. 'He had met her in a chat room a month before the con.'
  5. 'The IFilm crew has a bevy of videos shot at the con, including their annual rundown of scantily-clad women.'
  6. 'It was also equally nice to have some new faces at the con, and they were all so well behaved so they can attend next year as well.'


The action or post of conning a ship.
  1. 'I quickly took the conn and restored the channel course'
  2. 'Cameron spends most of the film at the conn of a submarine, bathed in powder-blue light.'
  3. 'An announcement came over the intercom: ‘QM1 Grob has the conn.’'
  4. 'Now, Mr. Morton, you have the conn and I have to get back to SickBay if I'm to be there when my son is born!'
  5. '‘Take the con,’ Saffron said, issuing what was probably the first order she'd ever given in her life.'
  6. 'For example, his combat information center officer and operations officer had the conn through most of the Suez transit.'

More definitions

1. against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con. noun

2. the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something.

More examples(as adjective)

"views can be con."

"advertisements can be con."


(con)Early 17th century: apparently a weakened form of obsolete cond ‘conduct, guide’, from Old French conduire, from Latin conducere (see conduce)<br>1970s: abbreviation.