Definition of chicanery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈkeɪnəri/


[mass noun]
The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose: storylines packed with political chicanery
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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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