- The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose: storylines packed with political chicaneryMore example sentences
trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, legerdemain, sophistry, sharp practice, skulduggery, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking; deviousness, guile, intrigue, craft, craftiness, artfulness, slyness, wiles; misleading talkBritish • informal jiggery-pokeryNorth American • informal monkeyshinesIrish • informal codology• 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).