Definition of chicanery in US English:

chicanery

noun

  • The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.

    ‘an underhanded person who schemes corruption and political chicanery behind closed doors’
    • ‘Computer experts at respected universities have sounded the alarm over the potential for high-tech chicanery.’
    • ‘The social stigma of losing necessitated strategy, even chicanery.’
    • ‘They are matter-of-factly attempting to snatch the youngsters from us by chicanery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His sky-rocket ascent was almost certainly powered by bribery, manipulation, and other chicanery.’
    • ‘In reality, it is the outcome of the growing national opposition faced by the occupying forces, which no amount of chicanery will forestall.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, confusion about the Earned Income Tax Credit has created opportunities for chicanery.’
    • ‘In the last few months, we've found that chicanery sometimes extends to companies' nutrition information.’
    • ‘Set aside the usual circus ring tricks of political 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.’
    • ‘This fiscal chicanery is part of a larger pattern.’
    • ‘Lies, fraud, chicanery and self indulgence are endemic in society today - or am I being presumptuous?’
    • ‘The managers hope that, through chicanery and fraud, they could save the dollar from sudden death.’
    • ‘Apparently he considered adultery a lesser crime than financial chicanery, and by pleading the one, he avoided the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wonder if he will allow this bit of chicanery to stand.’
    • ‘What do the Austrians have to say about all this chicanery?’
    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

/SHəˈkān(ə)rē//ʃəˈkeɪn(ə)ri/