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’
    • ‘Again, such chicanery is only possible in the human world.’
    • ‘So there you have it, it's another case of British achievement being brought down by foreign 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this were to actually come to pass, it could open the door to all sorts of chicanery.’
    • ‘This fiscal chicanery is part of a larger pattern.’
    • ‘What do the Austrians have to say about all this chicanery?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, confusion about the Earned Income Tax Credit has created opportunities for 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.’
    • ‘Computer experts at respected universities have sounded the alarm over the potential for high-tech chicanery.’
    • ‘In the last few months, we've found that chicanery sometimes extends to companies' nutrition information.’
    • ‘They are matter-of-factly attempting to snatch the youngsters from us by chicanery.’
    • ‘Apparently he considered adultery a lesser crime than financial chicanery, and by pleading the one, he avoided the other.’
    • ‘His sky-rocket ascent was almost certainly powered by bribery, manipulation, and other chicanery.’
    • ‘The managers hope that, through chicanery and fraud, they could save the dollar from sudden death.’
    • ‘Lies, fraud, chicanery and self indulgence are endemic in society today - or am I being presumptuous?’
    • ‘The social stigma of losing necessitated strategy, even chicanery.’
    • ‘In reality, it is the outcome of the growing national opposition faced by the occupying forces, which no amount of chicanery will forestall.’
    trickery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, legerdemain, sophistry, sharp practice, skulduggery, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinking
    deviousness, guile, intrigue, craft, craftiness, artfulness, slyness, wiles
    misleading talk
    crookedness, monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, shenanigans, flimflam
    jiggery-pokery
    monkeyshines
    codology
    management, knavery
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

chicanery

/ʃɪˈkeɪnəri/