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Examples of skulduggery in a Sentence
tales of espionage and skulduggery
the company's apparently healthy bottom line was merely an illusion, the result of years of accounting skulduggery
Recent Examples of skulduggery from the Web
Williams’ narrative offers a tropical milieu of rumrunners, skulduggery, concealed identity, dangerous complications for Virginia and her toddler daughter Evelyn — and lots of entertainment for readers.
The country has grown familiar with government skulduggery leading to political demise.
This skulduggery relies on geometry, geography, and demographic tables, precisely the domains where math nerds can give us clarity.
Authorities said the hackers engaged in an extraordinary spree of cyber skulduggery, stealing information and sending millions of spam messages, after attackers obtained access to more than 500 million accounts starting in early...
The scandal plumbed the depths of skulduggery in a state whose record of corruption is not proud.
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Skulduggery, which can also be spelled "skullduggery," was first documented in the mid-19th century spelled as "scull-duggery." Etymologists aren't sure exactly how the word arrived in English, but they do not believe it has anything to do with skulls. It is possibly derived from the now-very-rare "sculduddery," a term once used to refer to gross or lewd conduct, but unfortunately the origins of that word are also unknown.
Origin and Etymology of skulduggery
First Known Use: 1856See Words from the same year
Synonymsartifice, chicane, chicanery, gamesmanship, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, jugglery, legerdemain, trickery (or skullduggery), subterfuge, wile
Related Wordsartfulness, caginess (also cageyness), craftiness, cunning, deviousness, foxiness, oiliness, shadiness, sharpness, shiftiness, shrewdness, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, treachery, underhandedness, wiliness; crookedness, crookery, cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, dishonesty, dissimulation, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, guile, guilefulness, hypocrisy, insincerity; fakery, humbuggery, imposture, quackery; dirty pool, dirty tricks; design, plotting, scheming, secrecy, stealth
Near Antonymsartlessness, forthrightness, guilelessness, ingenuousness, sincerity; candidness, candor, directness, openness, plainness, plainspokenness
SKULDUGGERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of skulduggery for English Language Learners
: secret or dishonest behavior or activity
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