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cozen

[ kuhz-uhn ]
/ ˈkʌz ən /
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verb (used with or without object)

to cheat, deceive, or trick.

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Origin of cozen

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
coz·en·er, nouncoz·en·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cozen

cozen
/ (ˈkʌzən) /

verb

to cheat or trick (someone)
cozenage, nouncozener, noun
C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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