If you describe something as hocus-pocus, you disapprove of it because you think it is false and intended to trick or deceive people. n-uncount
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 artifice, cheat, chicanery, deceit, deception, delusion, hoax, humbug, imposture, swindle, trickery
2 abracadabra, cant, gibberish, gobbledegook (informal) Greek (informal) hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) jargon, mumbo jumbo, nonsense, rigmarole
3 conjuring, jugglery, legerdemain, prestidigitation, sleight of hand
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