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cozen

verb coz·en \ˈkə-zən\
coz·enedcoz·en·ing \ˈkəz-niŋ, ˈkə-zə-\

Definition of COZEN

transitive verb
1
:  to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery
2
:  to gain by cozening someone <cozened his supper out of the old couple>
coz·en·er \ˈkəz-nər, ˈkə-zə-\ noun
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Examples of COZEN

  1. <cozened several elderly ladies into believing that he was intending marriage>
  2. <cozened scores of people by persuading them to hand over funds that he would invest>

Origin of COZEN

perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare, from Italian cozzone horse trader, from Latin cocion-, cocio trader
First Known Use: 1573

Synonym Discussion of COZEN

cheat, cozen, defraud, swindle mean to get something by dishonesty or deception. cheat suggests using trickery that escapes observation <cheated me out of a dollar>. cozen implies artful persuading or flattering to attain a thing or a purpose <always able to cozen her grandfather out of a few dollars>. defraud stresses depriving one of his or her rights and usually connotes deliberate perversion of the truth <defrauded of her inheritance by an unscrupulous lawyer>. swindle implies large-scale cheating by misrepresentation or abuse of confidence <swindled of their savings by con artists>.

Rhymes with COZEN

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