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con

Noun

1 an argument opposed to a proposal [ant: pro]
2 a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison [syn: convict, inmate, jailbird, gaolbird]
3 a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, hustle, sting, flimflam] adv : on the negative side; "much was written pro and con" [syn: in opposition] [ant: pro]

Verb

1 deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp]
2 commit to memory; learn by heart; "Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?" [syn: memorize, memorise, learn] [also: conning, conned]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a US /kan/
  • a UK /kɒn/
    Rhymes with: -ɒn

Etymology 1

Abbreviation of contra.

Noun

  1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages (pros).
    pros and cons
Antonyms
Translations
disadvantage of something
  • Czech: proti, zápor
  • Dutch: nadeel, voor- en nadelen
  • Finnish: haitta, haittapuoli
  • French: contre
  • German: Kontra
  • Italian: contro
Related terms

Etymology 2

Shortened from convict.

Noun

  1. A convicted criminal, a convict.
Translations
a convicted criminal, a convict
  • Dutch: een veroordeelde crimineel, een veroordeelde
  • Finnish: vanki, rangaistusvanki

Etymology 3

From con trick, shortened from confidence trick.

Noun

  1. A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.
Translations
a fraud
  • Dutch: fraude, fraudeur
  • Finnish: huijaus, petos

Verb

  1. transitive slang To trick or defraud, usually for personal gain.
Translations
to trick or defraud, usually for personal gain
  • Dutch: bedriegen
  • Finnish: huijata
  • German: betrügen, austricksen, reinlegen
  • Spanish: engañar, estafar, timar

Related terms

Etymology 4

From earlier cond, from conduen, from conduire, from conducere.

Verb

  1. To give the necessary orders to the helmsman to steer a ship in the required direction through a channel etc. (rather than steer a compass direction)
Translations
to give the necessary orders to the helmsman to steer a ship in the required direction
  • Finnish: ohjata laivaa

Noun

  1. The navigational direction of a ship
Derived terms

Etymology 5

From combining form con-, from cum.

Noun

  1. Short for convention or conference; used in regard to science fiction conventions and other types of conventions.

Etymology 6

cunnan.

Verb

  1. In the context of "rare|archaic": To study, in order to gain knowledge of.
    C.1950: The hawk rested on a crag of the gorge and conned the terrain with a fierce and frowning eye. — D'Arcy Niland, short story The Parachutist, reprinted in The Penguin Best Stories of D'Arcy Niland, 1987, ISBN 0-14-008927-6, pages 10-11.
  2. In the context of "rare|archaic": To know, understand, acknowledge.
    Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill. — Edmund Spensir
Related terms

See also

Catalan

Noun

  1. cone

French

Etymology

cunnus.

Pronunciation

  • /kɔ̃/

Noun

  1. In the context of "taboo|_|slang|lang=fr": cunt
  2. In the context of "derogatory|_|slang|lang=fr": A stupid person; arsehole qualifier British, asshole qualifier US, wanker qualifier British, jerk qualifier US.
    Quel con ce type! Il m'énerve. (This guy is an ass, he pisses me off)
    Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire, quand on est con, on est con.- Georges Brassens
  3. (followed by de + noun to become an adjective) crap qualifier adjective, crappy, shit qualifier adjective, bloody stupid qualifier British, fucking stupid

Italian

Pronunciation

  • /kon/, /kon/

Etymology

From cum.

Conjunction

  1. with

Antonyms

Combined forms

When followed by a definite article, con may optionally be combined with the article to give the following combined forms:
Con + articleCombined form con + ilcol con + locollo con + l'coll' con + icoi con + glicogli con + lacolla con + lecolle

Spanish

Etymology

cum.

Pronunciation

  • /kon/, /kon/

Conjunction

  1. with

Antonyms

See also

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. child

Pronoun

  1. you

Classifier

  1. usually indicates animate noun

Usage notes

Exceptions exist, such as dao.

Antonyms

Extensive Definition

Con may refer to:
CON may also refer to:

See also

con in Spanish: Con
con in French: Con
con in Italian: CON
con in Slovak: Con

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

POW, adversary, adversative, adverse, against, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, argue into, argument, argumentum, aye, beat, beguile of, bilk, bone, bring over, bring round, bring to reason, bunco, burn, cageling, captivate, captive, case, chain gang, charm, cheat, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, clashing, cog, cog the dice, commit to memory, competitive, conflicting, cons, consideration, contemplate, contradictory, contrary, convict, convince, counter, cozen, crib, cross, defraud, detenu, diddle, dig, disaccordant, disappointed, disapprobatory, disapproving, discontented, disenchanted, disgruntled, disillusioned, displeased, dissatisfied, dissentient, dissenting, do in, do out of, draw over, drill, elenchus, elucubrate, enemy, euchre, ex-convict, examine, finagle, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, fractious, fudge, gain, gain over, gaolbird, get by heart, get letter-perfect, go over, gouge, grind, gull, gyp, have, have by heart, hocus, hocus-pocus, hook, hook in, hostile, ignoratio elenchi, indignant, inimical, interest, internee, jailbird, know by heart, learn by heart, learn verbatim, lifer, low, lucubrate, memorize, mulct, nay, negative, no, noncooperative, obstinate, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, outtalk, overthwart, pack the deal, parolee, parrot, persuade, peruse, perverse, pigeon, plaidoyer, plea, pleading, plunge into, political prisoner, poor, pore over, practice, practice fraud upon, prevail on, prevail upon, prevail with, prisoner, prisoner of war, pro, pros, pros and cons, read, reason, recalcitrant, recite, refractory, refutation, regard studiously, repeat, repeat by heart, repugnant, restudy, review, rival, rook, scam, screw, sell, sell gold bricks, sell one on, shave, shortchange, side, special pleading, stack the cards, stick, sting, stir bird, study, sway, swindle, swot, swot up, take a dive, talk into, talk over, talking point, the affirmative, the negative, thimblerig, throw a fight, ticket-of-leave man, ticket-of-leaver, trusty, turned-off, unappreciative, unapproving, uncomplimentary, uncooperative, unfavorable, unfriendly, unhappy, unpropitious, vet, victimize, wade through, wangle, wangle into, wear down, win, win over
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