cozenage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cozenage a fraudulent business scheme
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cozenage The art or practice of cozening; artifice; fraud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cozenage See cousinage.
    • n cozenage Trickery; fraud; deceit; artifice; the practice of cheating.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Cozenage the practice of cheating: deceit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Cozen, and cf. Cousinage
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:

Priesthood, that sells even to their prayers and blessings And forces us to pay for our own cozenage!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
David suspected this cozenage in himself, when he cries out, Oh!
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
Don't you know that, of all commerce in the world, there is no such cozenage and deceit, as in the traffic between man and woman?
"The Inconstant" by George Farquhar
By cozenage almost incredible, Benjamin, at the age of eighteen, had been thus lured off to London; the London of Addison, Pope and Sir Isaac Newton.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
Cozenage and theft are in perfection among them, and they are perfect English-haters.
"The Early History of the Scottish Union Question" by George W. T. Omond
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In poetry:

There's no such thing as what we beauty call,
It is mere cozenage all;
For though some, long ago, Liked certain colors mingled so and so, That doth not tie me now from choosing new;
If I fancy take
To black and blue,
That fancy doth it beauty make.
"Sonnet II. - Of thee, kind boy, I ask no red and white," by John Suckling