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chicanery

[shi-key-nuh-ree, chi-] /ʃɪˈkeɪ nə ri, tʃɪ-/
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 of chicanery
1605-1615
1605-15; < French chicanerie. See chicane, -ery
Synonyms
1. fraud, deception, knavery. 2. evasion.
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chicanery

/ʃɪˈkeɪnərɪ/
noun (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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n.

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.

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