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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
There’s no need and no reason other than the exercise of political chicanery for American children to be separated from their parents, brothers, sisters and other family members in the United States.
But the author clearly revels just as much in intricately capturing the chicanery outside the ropes that continues to mar the sport’s reputation to this day.
Since the Brexit referendum, the public has witnessed a circus of chicanery, buffoonery and idiocy that Boris Johnson’s exit will only ease in the most marginal of fashions.
So, Reid, through some procedural chicanery on the floor, altered the precedent on filibusters … for everything but Supreme Court nominees.
Johnson County residents have largely tolerated this chicanery, in part because public spending is popular.
Coincidences come off as chicanery, and even his greatest achievements done with the best intentions seem somehow nefarious.
Zalewski could face accusations of political chicanery for stepping down rather than completing his term, especially if the mayor appoints Madigan ally Tabares.
This rule prevents chicanery involving the stymie rule.
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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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