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chicanery

clever trickery or deception

TRANSLATION

chicanery = die Täuschung, die Irreführung, der Schwindel, die Betrügerei Google Index: approx. 491.000 hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"China, Chi, and CHICANERY - Examining Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chi Theory - Traditional Chinese medicine is thousands of years old and has literally more than a billion satisfied customers."

(Peter Huston in "The Sceptical Enquirer"

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"The Great Oil Spill : The Inside Report, Gulf Oil's Bribery and Political CHICANERY"

(Paperback book by John Jay McCloy, MacMillan Publishing Company 1976)

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chicanery
noun

actions or statements that trick people into believing something that is not true.

(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

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The English word "chicanery" most probably comes from the French chicanerie, meaning "trickery". In the late 17th century a "chicaner" referred to someone who tricked others. This includes telling lies or deliberately hiding the truth, usually with the aim of personal gain, generally either power or money.

Citizens may believe politicians and businesses use chicanery to keep them from finding out the facts about certain situations or dealings. Often a person or organization who tells lies may feel forced to continue with the false story, or even to add more or bigger untruths to avoid being caught.

Be careful when using similar-sounding words. Chicanery is not quite the same as the German word Schikane, which refers to harassment and to being intentionally cruel to someone. It also does not have anything in common with the terms Chicano or Chicana, often used to refer to a person of Mexican or Latin-American descent living in the United States.

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SYNONYMS

trickery, gamesmanship, hanky-panky

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"He was fired after some chicanery about missing goods was discovered in the factory."

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