chicanery

[ shi-key-nuh-ree, chi- ]
/ ʃɪˈkeɪ nə ri, tʃɪ- /

noun, plural chi·can·er·ies.

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
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chicanery

/ (ʃɪˈkeɪnərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

verbal deception or trickery, esp in legal quibbling; dishonest or sharp practice
a trick, deception, or quibble
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