swindled

[swin-dld]
adjective Jewelry.
(of a gem) cut so as to retain the maximum weight of the original stone or to give a false impression of size, especially by having the table too large.

Origin:
swindle + -ed2

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swindle

[swin-dl]
verb (used with object), swindled, swindling.
1.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets.
2.
to obtain by fraud or deceit.
verb (used without object), swindled, swindling.
3.
to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; cheat.
noun
4.
an act of swindling or a fraudulent transaction or scheme.
5.
anything deceptive; a fraud: This advertisement is a real swindle.

Origin:
1775–85; back formation from swindler < German Schwindler irresponsible person, promoter of wildcat schemes, cheat, derivative of schwindeln to be dizzy (hence dizzy-minded, irresponsible), defraud, equivalent to schwind- (akin to Old English swindan to languish) + -(e)l- -le + -er -er1

swindleable, adjective
swindler, noun
swindlingly, adverb
outswindle, verb (used with object), outswindled, outswindling.


1. cozen, dupe, trick, gull.
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swindle (ˈswɪndəl)
 
vb
1.  to cheat (someone) of money, etc; defraud
2.  (tr) to obtain (money, etc) by fraud
 
n
3.  a fraudulent scheme or transaction
 
[C18: back formation from German Schwindler, from schwindeln, from Old High German swintilōn, frequentative of swintan to disappear]
 
'swindler
 
n

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Example sentences
Some traded their apartments for vodka, or were swindled out of them and have
  slept rough since.
It becomes less admirable if you've been personally swindled.
Whether you feel enlightened or swindled is your call.
Using a bank or official currency exchange reduces the chance of receiving
  counterfeit cash or being swindled.
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