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cozen

[kuhz-uh n] /ˈkʌz ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; perhaps < Old North French coçonner to resell, verbal derivative of coçon retailer (< Latin coctiōnem, accusative of coctiō, cōciō dealer), influenced by Middle French cousin dupe, literally, cousin
Related forms
cozener, noun
cozeningly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cozener

cozen

/ˈkʌzən/
verb
1.
to cheat or trick (someone)
Derived Forms
cozenage, noun
cozener, noun
Word Origin
C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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Word Origin and History for cozener
cozen
1561, perhaps from Fr. cousiner "cheat on pretext of being a cousin;" or from M.E. cosyn "fraud, trickery" (1453), perhaps related to O.Fr. coçon "dealer," from L. cocionem "horse dealer."
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