from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deception by trickery or sophistry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge.
  • n. A slick performance by a lawyer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mean or unfair artifice to perplex a cause and obscure the truth; stratagem; sharp practice; sophistry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Chicane; mean or petty artifices; trickery; sophistry.
  • n. Synonyms Quibbling, stratagem, duplicity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)


From French chicanerie ("trickery"), from chicaner. (Wiktionary)



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