• WordNet 3.6
    • n chicanery the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chicanery Mean or unfair artifice to perplex a cause and obscure the truth; stratagem; sharp practice; sophistry. "Irritated by perpetual chicanery ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chicanery Chicane; mean or petty artifices; trickery; sophistry.
    • n chicanery Synonyms Quibbling, stratagem, duplicity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chicanery trickery or artifice, esp. in legal proceedings: quibbling
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  • Ouida
    “To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.”
  • John Adams
    “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chicanerie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chicane, sharp practice at law, most prob. from Late Gr. tzykanion, a game at mall, tzykaniz-ein, to play at mall—Pers. tchaugān, a crooked mallet.


In literature:

He violated no principle of government if in carrying out his purpose he resorted to trickery, chicanery, and dishonesty.
"America First" by Various
He said he'd bet no more, but he knew there was some chicanery, or dom hy-pocritical prognostication, somewhere.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I never raised my boy for no chicanery.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Happily, before the revelation was made she was beyond further chicanery.
"Caps and Capers" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
There was no magic and no chicanery.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
In that case he must be prepared for her pursuit, her letters, her chicanery, which he could not bear.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Most of all he bewailed the inclusion of a woman in the necessary chicanery of diverting votes.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
What further piece of chicanery had they been guilty of, I wondered?
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Anything more than this is only useless chicanery.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
That Bindo was using the name of Bellingham showed some chicanery to be in progress.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
He had the Irishman's love of chicanery in the matter of morals.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
In this great country organization is absolutely essential, and in all vast complicated organizations some chicanery will creep in.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Only falsehood fears investigation; only chicanery dreads the light.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
The inexperienced and irresolute youth speedily became the victim of the most shameful chicanery.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
A way would thus be open for prolonged chicanery.
"A History of the Third French Republic" by C. H. C. Wright
This chicanery naturally produced great exasperation.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Undoubtedly it was not for nothing that he frequented the Venetian law-courts and studied the arts of chicanery.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
He had just glanced at the legal profession only to be disgusted with its chicaneries.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
The insult of such an accusation ought to be enough, without the aggravation of chicanery.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
It's just your infernal chicanery.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

How brave thy polished sons! their hearts how free!
How far above the plotting of the mean!
How they contemn all base chicanery,
And proudly move, as men, through every scene!
"Virginia" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

In the Mississippi of John Grisham's legal thrillers, the courts are nests of chicanery and corruption.
Cobleskill should resist chicanery to balance next year's budget.
Chicanery in the pumpkin patch.
Calling all lovers of NBA skullduggery, chicanery and hanky panky.
Campaign chicanery reported in Lewis County.
Calling all lovers of NBA skullduggery, chicanery and hanky panky .
Several correspondents accused me of errors of fact and some intellectual chicanery in my Hamlet article.
A supporter of incumbent town supervisor Ronald Bertram says political chicanery is afoot.
Calling all lovers of NBA skullduggery , chicanery and hanky panky.
The band's prodigious sex, drinking, drug use and general chicanery on tour and in the studio are barely mentioned.