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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
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.
Instead of celebrating chicanery as Spielberg and Tony Kushner did, Wright celebrates the great-man-of-the-people theory of history.
Also, Damien Wayne is there too, but his allegiances are suspect thanks to a bit of mind control chicanery.
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.
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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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