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From Middle French supercherie, from Italian soperchieria.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /suːˌpəːʃəˈɹiː/


supercherie ‎(countable and uncountable, plural supercheries)

  1. (obsolete) Foul play; an attack made by deceit. [16th-17th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.27:
      it is a Superchiery, [] as being wel armed, to charge a man who hath but a piece of a sword, or being sound and strong, to set upon a man sore hurt.
  2. (now chiefly in French contexts) Deception, deceit; an instance of fraud. [from 17th c.]
    • 1863, Henry Rogers, ‘Critique on M. Renan's Vie de Jésus’:
      We [] should certainly deny to any teacher of morals, in any age, who resorted to such ‘supercherie’ and charlatanism, any very high place among the instructors and benefactors of mankind.
    • 2005, Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian, 23 June:
      According to France's foreign minister, the British foreign secretary is guilty of perpetrating a supercherie.



From Italian soperchieria.


supercherie f ‎(plural supercheries)

  1. deception

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