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[shi-key-nuh-ree, chi-] /ʃɪˈkeɪ nə ri, tʃɪ-/
noun, plural chicaneries.
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry:
He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.
Origin of chicanery
1605-15; < French chicanerie. See chicane, -ery
1. fraud, deception, knavery. 2. evasion. Unabridged
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  • chicanery in the blood, one might imagine, has to be worked out.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The placard had indicated the possibility of chicanery on the part of McGuire.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • But it was connected in his mind with chicanery, effeminacy, and with the cruel and degrading punishments of children.

    The Roman and the Teuton Charles Kingsley
  • In a world of chicanery and treachery the sword alone cut clean.

  • Above all, that which owes its existence to the cheapest, the very shabbiest, chicanery the world was ever bamboozled with.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • A delicate webwork of forgery, bribery, chicanery and falsehood.

    The Misplaced Battleship Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
  • I feel as light as a feather since I left all that chicanery behind!

  • Back in other days, a horse trade was often tinged with fraud and chicanery.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • He said he'd bet no more, but he knew there was some chicanery, or dom hy-pocritical prognostication, somewhere.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for chicanery


noun (pl) -eries
verbal deception or trickery, esp in legal quibbling; dishonest or sharp practice
a trick, deception, or quibble
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Word Origin and History for chicanery

c.1600, "legal quibbling, sophistry," from French chicanerie "trickery," from Middle French chicaner "to pettifog, quibble" (15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle Low German schikken "to arrange, bring about," or from the name of a golf-like game once played in Languedoc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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