Definition of chicanery in English:

chicanery

noun

mass noun
  • The use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose.

    ‘storylines packed with political chicanery’
    • ‘They are matter-of-factly attempting to snatch the youngsters from us by chicanery.’
    • ‘Computer experts at respected universities have sounded the alarm over the potential for high-tech chicanery.’
    • ‘So there you have it, it's another case of British achievement being brought down by foreign chicanery.’
    • ‘If this report is true, it is an insult to the intelligence of Irish farmers and smacks of the worst kind of political and bureaucratic chicanery.’
    • ‘In reality, it is the outcome of the growing national opposition faced by the occupying forces, which no amount of chicanery will forestall.’
    • ‘If this were to actually come to pass, it could open the door to all sorts of chicanery.’
    • ‘Again, such chicanery is only possible in the human world.’
    • ‘The social stigma of losing necessitated strategy, even chicanery.’
    • ‘In the last few months, we've found that chicanery sometimes extends to companies' nutrition information.’
    • ‘The managers hope that, through chicanery and fraud, they could save the dollar from sudden death.’
    • ‘What do the Austrians have to say about all this chicanery?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, confusion about the Earned Income Tax Credit has created opportunities for chicanery.’
    • ‘His sky-rocket ascent was almost certainly powered by bribery, manipulation, and other chicanery.’
    • ‘But all these examples are nothing more than political chicanery.’
    • ‘Set aside the usual circus ring tricks of political chicanery.’
    • ‘I wonder if he will allow this bit of chicanery to stand.’
    • ‘This fiscal chicanery is part of a larger pattern.’
    • ‘Apparently he considered adultery a lesser crime than financial chicanery, and by pleading the one, he avoided the other.’
    • ‘The remark was not brought on by some thieving or chicanery on my part, but rather by a political speech I'd made which this person didn't like.’
    • ‘Lies, fraud, chicanery and self indulgence are endemic in society today - or am I being presumptuous?’
    trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, legerdemain, sophistry, sharp practice, skulduggery, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French chicanerie, from chicaner ‘to quibble’ (see chicane).

Pronunciation

chicanery

/ʃɪˈkeɪnəri/