chicanery

[shi-key-nuh-ree, chi-]
noun, plural chicaneries.
1.
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
2.
a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.

Origin:
1605–15; < French chicanerie. See chicane, -ery


1. fraud, deception, knavery. 2. evasion.
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chicanery (ʃɪˈkeɪnərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
1.  verbal deception or trickery, esp in legal quibbling; dishonest or sharp practice
2.  a trick, deception, or quibble

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chicanery
1609, from Fr. chicanerie "trickery," from M.Fr. chicaner "to pettifog, quibble" (15c.), perhaps from M.L.G. schikken "to arrange, bring about," or from the name of a golf-like game once played in Languedoc.
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Example sentences
The cut-off is arbitrary, and leads to much accounting chicanery.
Auditors uncovered telltale hints of financial chicanery.
Politics has always been lousy with blather and chicanery.
The struggle between these faction is marked by pleasingly intricate chicanery.
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