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Examples of chicanery in a Sentence
He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
that candidate only won the election through chicanery
Recent Examples of chicanery from the Web
Johnson County residents have largely tolerated this chicanery, in part because public spending is popular.
Elizabeth Warren, who knows more about financial chicanery on Wall Street than perhaps anyone, blasted this banking legislation.
Deeley had a front-row seat to much of the chicanery, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer A. Clarke.
The International Olympic Committee set out to punish Putin’s country for its PED chicanery four years ago by banning Russia this time around.
Trump has violated the spirit of the court rulings—and, in the opinion of experts, the letter—through a mix of legal chicanery and subterfuge, enabled by a Kafkaesque bureaucracy doing the president’s will rather than the will of the courts.
Just as reasonably, there are people who are reluctant to accept the IC’s assessment based mostly on faith, pointing to examples of intelligence failures and chicanery.
The esoteric world of bond ratings, on the surface, would seem to have little in common with the glitter of international money laundering and corporate chicanery.
By only half-recalling the Watergate days, the film creates a chain of connection to the chicanery that today’s partisans use in their recent twisty explanations about former FBI chief James Comey and his close friend, investigator Robert Mueller.
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chicanery Has Roots in French
We have hardly any words that do so fully expresse the French clinquant, naiveté … chicaneries. So lamented English writer John Evelyn in a letter to Sir Peter Wyche in 1665. Evelyn and Wyche were members of a group called the Royal Society, which had formed a committee emulating the French Academy for the purpose of "improving the English language." We can surmise that, in Evelyn's estimation, the addition of chicanery to English from French was an improvement. What he apparently didn't realize was that English speakers had adopted the word from the French chicanerie before he wished for it; the term appears in English manuscripts dating from 1609. Similarly, clinquant ("glittering with gold or tinsel") dates from 1591. Naïveté, on the other hand, waited until 1673 to appear.
artfulness, caginess (also cageyness), craftiness, cunning, deviousness, foxiness, oiliness, shadiness, sharpness, shiftiness, shrewdness, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, treachery, underhandedness, wiliness;
CHICANERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chicanery for English Language Learners
: actions or statements that trick people into believing something that is not true : deception or trickery
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