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Pronunciation: (shu-rād'; esp. Brit. shu-räd'), [key]
1. charades, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which the players are typically divided into two teams, members of which take turns at acting out in pantomime a word, phrase, title, etc., which the members of their own team must guess.
2. a word or phrase acted out in this game.
3. a blatant pretense or deception, esp. something so full of pretense as to be a travesty.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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