chicanery

Definitions

  • 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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Quotations

  • Ouida
    Ouida
    “To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.”
  • John Adams
    John%20Adams
    “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”

Etymology

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.

Usage

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
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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.
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