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chicanery

Line breaks: chi|can¦ery
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈkeɪnəri
 
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Definition of chicanery in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose: storylines packed with political chicanery
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with chicanery

tenantry

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