A Word A Day : Chicanery

Wednesday, 31st October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : shi-káy-ne-ree

1. Deception by trickery or sophistry

2. Lack of straightforwardness and honesty in action

3. Legal trickery or false argument, especially by the clever manipulation of language


Origin unknown


Trickery, Deception, Craft, Craftiness, Deviousness, Dishonesty, Indirection, Shadiness, Shiftiness, Slyness, Sneakiness, Trickiness, Underhandedness, Wile, Shenanigan, Chicane, Guile, Dissimulation, Deception, Dissembling, Deceit, Dupery, Hoax, Put-On, Humbug, Fraud, Fraudulence


Honesty, Rectitude, Forthrightness, Truthfulness

Contextual Examples:

• The governor was accused of chicanery when the law passed.

Related Words :

1. Chicaneries : Plural

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