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?
trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, deviousness, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking
informal crookedness, monkey business, hanky-panky, shenanigans, skulduggery, monkeyshines
archaic management, knavery
Late 16th century: from French chicanerie, from chicaner 'to quibble' (see chicane).
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