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chicanery Syllabification: chi·can·er·y
Pronunciation: /SHəˈkān(ə)rē/

Definition of chicanery in English:


The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose: an underhanded person who schemes corruption and political chicanery behind closed doors
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  • Set aside the usual circus ring tricks of political chicanery.
  • The managers hope that, through chicanery and fraud, they could save the dollar from sudden death.
  • Lies, fraud, chicanery and self indulgence are endemic in society today - or am I being presumptuous?


Late 16th century: from French chicanerie, from chicaner 'to quibble' (see chicane).

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