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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
Wildstein was a political blogger and operative who admitted engaging in chicanery that included stealing the suit jacket of an opposition candidate right before a U.S. Senate campaign debate.
Judges are loath to get involved in intraparty squabbles, and the law tacitly assumes a certain amount of shadiness, lying and chicanery in the political process.
Some cinematic chicanery did take place, just not nearly as much as some have said, and Cooper managed to learn to throw with his left.
But even big-data chicanery cannot insulate Duterte from the latest blow to his image as the Philippines' protector.
All of that chicanery earned him the ire of Flores and some other Mets.
The Rajneeshees ended up using intimidation and political chicanery in an attempt to secure the group's power in the rural county, ultimately leading to the utopian community's demise.
Other than some sort of acrobatic chicanery, Rizzo’s best chance to be safe was to dislodge the ball from Hedges’ grasp.
But then came Lava Jato, as well as last year’s $2.5 billion federal pension fund scandal and the financial chicanery that tainted Brazil’s 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Summer Olympics.
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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.
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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