Chicanery definition

shĭ-kānə-rē, chĭ-
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The use of clever but tricky talk or action to deceive, evade, etc., as in legal dealings.
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Deception by trickery or sophistry.
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(countable, law) A slick performance by a lawyer.
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The definition of chicanery is using trickery or dishonest means to deceive or achieve some purpose.

An example of chicanery is dishonest actions by politicians to get elected.

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Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chicanery
Plural:
chicaneries

Origin of chicanery

  • From French chicanerie (“trickery”), from chicaner.

    From Wiktionary