- The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose: an underhanded person who schemes corruption and political chicanery behind closed doorsMore example sentences
trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, deviousness, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking• archaic management, knavery
- 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).