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EtymologyEdit

From French chicanerie (trickery), from chicaner.

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  • IPA(key): /ʃɪˈkeɪn(ə)ɹi/
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NounEdit

chicanery (countable and uncountable, plural chicaneries)

  1. Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
    • 1823, Charles Lamb, “Popular Fallacies”, in Elia, new edition, London: Edward Moxon, published 1835, →ISBN, page 241:
      They do not always find manors, got by rapine or chicanery, insensibly to melt away, as the poets will have it ; or that all gold glides, like thawing snow, from the theif’s hand that grasps it.
  2. (countable, law) A slick performance by a lawyer.

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Further readingEdit

  • chicanery” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.