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Con

A prefix meaning with or together. A slang abbreviation for confidence, as in con man or con game. To con someone is to deceive or take advantage of a person through Fraud or trickery after winning the person's confidence. Con is also used as a slang abbreviation for convict, as in ex-con to mean someone previously incarcerated. An abbreviation for contra, which means against. To show the pros and cons of a particular issue means to present arguments or evidence on both sides.

See: contra, deception, peruse, read
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For some time, now, the boys had been dully con- scious of a peculiar sound in the distance, just as one sometimes is of the ticking of a clock which he takes no distinct note of.
Here was a gorgeous triumph; they were missed; they were mourned; hearts were breaking on their account; tears were being shed; accusing memories of unkindness to these poor lost lads were rising up, and unavailing regrets and re- morse were being indulged; and best of all, the depart- ed were the talk of the whole town, and the envy of all the boys, as far as this dazzling notoriety was con- cerned.
He saw himself even with those ideals which he had con- sidered as far beyond him.