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At first I cheat you
and then I offend you.
At the end I am unseen,
and if you have me so is all else.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Okay first question, how do you put a single line break in this HTML editor $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 29, 2020 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Amos, and welcome :) For a single line break, use two spaces at the end of the line. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 29, 2020 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ Fixed it for you :-) $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2020 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ @AmosZoellner You might find this link to markdown help useful for future formatting... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 29, 2020 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ Haha! @Stiv , I saw what you did there.. ;-D $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Dec 17, 2022 at 8:00

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I think the answer is:

CONCUSSION

At first I cheat you

To CON somebody means to cheat them.

and then I offend you.

To CUSS at somebody might cause them offence.

At the end I am unseen,

An ION is a particle too small to be seen.

and if you have me so is all else.

If you have a concussion then you may very well have lost consciousness, and so for a period you don't see anything at all (all else is unseen)! An 'unfortunate state' (as per the title) indeed...

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  • $\begingroup$ Yep that's right! $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Jul 29, 2020 at 15:17

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