cozen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cozen cheat or trick "He cozened the money out of the old man"
    • v cozen act with artful deceit
    • v cozen be false to; be dishonest with
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Cozen To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way. "He had cozened the world by fine phrases.""Children may be cozened into a knowledge of the letters.""Goring loved no man so well but that he would cozen him,
      and expose him to public mirth for having been cozened."
    • v. i Cozen To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully. "Some cogging, cozening slave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cozen An obsolete spelling of cousin.
    • cozen To cheat; defraud.
    • cozen To deceive; beguile; entice.
    • cozen To practise cheating; act dishonestly or deceitfully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cozen kuz′n to flatter: to cheat
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From cousin, hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, F. cousiner,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Fr. cousiner, to claim kindred for one's own advantage, play the parasite—cousin, a cousin.

Usage

In literature:

Cozens was all poetry, and your drawing is a lovely specimen.
"The Mind of the Artist" by Various
I am no country cousin to be cozened in that way.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
Cozens, John Robert, 254.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
It is not in my power to tell o' th' doings, but suffice it to say, my lord did cozen them all, and come a full day ere he was expected.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
Beggars cozen him with musty things which they have raked from dunghills, and he preserves their rags for precious relicks.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
Here are two guineas to put into the plate next Sunday; and let no rogues cozen you out of it.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
But they cannot cozen IT: they can only cozen their neighbours.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
PARTRIDGE & COZEN'S Cheap Stationery Warehouses, 127. and 128.
"Notes and Queries, Number 183, April 30, 1853" by Various
How was I cozen'd in the calculation Of this man's fortune!
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
But let us not cheat and cozen ourselves into idleness and apathy by reflecting and rejoicing over what has been done.
"Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1" by James Y. Simpson
For well we know, you, I, and all of us, that these be falsities and cozenings.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
I had already been cozened once, I had resolved not to be snared again.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Struggle forces upon the group the necessity of cozening, beguiling, managing its members.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
You deceived me, Robin Fitzooth, and cozened my servant Warrenton.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Womanly love has cozened and betrayed me.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844" by Various
He were a cozener indeed!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mr. Cozens died in Tasmania some years later.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
How could I have so shamefully cozened my great master, Friedebrand, of his precious writings?
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Nothing to be jockied of your love, cozened of your faith!
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
So one by one his pretences were destroyed, and he was openly convicted of cozening and imposture.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
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In poetry:

And thou, O Cupid! come not to
My threshold,—since I see,
For all I have, or else can do,
Thou still wilt cozen me.
"Upon Love" by Robert Herrick
Ye who yourselves of larger worth esteem
Than common mortals, listen to my dream,
and learn the lesson of life's cozening cheat,
The coinage of conceit.
"But One Talent" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But when they are ranged in the market-place,
The clown's wife comes with an iron spoon,
And cozens a penny for her sweet face
To keep their golden throats in tune.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Cozen O'Connor hires former AG Jerry Pappert.
Wife, family of late Cozen O'Connor partner feuding over profit-sharing plan.
The Cozen O'Connor law firm wraps up a years-long succession plan.
Lawyer Martin Sweeney, former partner at Cozen O'Connor.
Judge Says He Is Fair But Accepts Recusal Request by Cozen Firm.
Trustee Seeks to Hire Cozen in Controversial 38 Studios Bankruptcy.
BP hires Cozen O'Connor to devise compensation plan in Deepwater Horizon spill.
Cozen O'Connor Expands Antitrust And Trade Regulation Practices In Washington, D.C. More like this.
Cozen O'Connor brought 2009 to a close with the addition of another group of high-profile attorneys.
Cozen O'Connor Launches Capital Markets Group.
Cozen O'Connor Enhances Business Law And Government Relations Practice.
David Girard-diCarlo, former US ambassador and former chairman of Blank Rome, has joined Cozen O'Connor as a member of the firm's business law department and government relations practice.
Former attorney general of Pennsylvania joins Cozen O'Connor.
Sixty-Six WolfBlock Attorneys Join Cozen O'Connor.
Cozen O'Connor has announced that 66 attorneys from WolfBlock have joined the firm.
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