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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
From the French word chicanerie, dating back to 1605-15. See chicane, -ery
1. fraud, deception, knavery. 2. evasion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The placard had indicated the possibility of chicanery on the part of McGuire.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • In a world of chicanery and treachery the sword alone cut clean.

  • 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
  • You yourself have had many opportunities of seeing how incapable I am of deceit or chicanery.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • What further piece of chicanery had they been guilty of, I wondered?

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • Poverty, bankruptcy, chicanery, crime were widespread and increasing.

  • The chicanery of the South Italians maddened and disgusted him.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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