Definition of cozen in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌz(ə)n


[with object] literary
  • 1Trick or deceive: do not think to cozen your contemporaries
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    • This is how the deceivers are deceived, for he who can cozen me is shrewd indeed.
    • To be fair, the book is not a pulp romance, although it cozens its readers with the content of pulp romance.
    • Composition rights are subdivided into publishing rights, which record companies often cozen the unsuspecting into signing away.
  • 1.1Obtain by deception: he was able to cozen a profit
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    • There, world domination, monetary and military, is cozened.



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  • Among the most piercing remarks that may be levelled against a journalist is that she perpetrated any form of cozenage upon the readership.
  • It's all just a cozenage to make us do more work because the teachers are inconceivably masochistic.
  • One of the cozenages he learned was to apparently read a deck of cards from the back without a miss.


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  • Its characters are all louche brutes, cozeners and wheedlers - all save the heroine, Bradshaw.
  • They are ‘cozeners’ who defraud their victims of money and household goods.
  • The usurer will go on hanging the cozener as long as we have a society based, in part, on usury.


late 16th century: perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare 'to cheat', from cozzone 'middleman, broker', from Latin cocio 'dealer'.

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