- 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
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Examples from the Web for chicanery
Fans of today adore the cheaters of the past, precisely because of their chicanery.Alex Rodriguez Suspension Is a Sad Moment for Baseball
Michael Brendan Dougherty
August 5, 2013
The placard had indicated the possibility of chicanery on the part of McGuire.The Vagrant Duke
In a world of chicanery and treachery the sword alone cut clean.Dreamers of the Ghetto
A delicate webwork of forgery, bribery, chicanery and falsehood.The Misplaced Battleship
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Back in other days, a horse trade was often tinged with fraud and chicanery.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
In that case he must be prepared for her pursuit, her letters, her chicanery, which he could not bear.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
- verbal deception or trickery, esp in legal quibbling; dishonest or sharp practice
- a trick, deception, or quibble
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.