Definition of chicanery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chicanery

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ʃɪˈkeɪnəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪˈkeɪnəri//
 
[uncountable](formal)
 
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the use of complicated plans and clever talk in order to trick people Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French chicanerie, from chicaner ‘to quibble’, of unknown origin.
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