Charade

means

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.

or

a word or phrase acted out in this game.

or

a blatant pretense or deception, especially something so full of pretense as to be a travesty.

The word originated from French charade (18c.), probably from Provençal charrado “long talk, chatter,” of obscure origin, perhaps from charrar “to chatter, gossip,” of echoic origin. Cf. Italian ciarlare, Spanish charlar “to talk, prattle.” Originally not silent, but relying rather on enigmatic descriptions of the words or syllables.

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