chi·can·er·y (sh-kn-r, ch-)
n. pl. chi·can·er·ies
1. Deception by trickery or sophistry.
2. A trick; a subterfuge.
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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. chicanery - the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)
wile, shenanigan, trickery, chicane, guile
dissimulation, deception, dissembling, deceit - the act of deceiving
dupery, hoax, put-on, humbug, fraud, fraudulence - something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage
jugglery - artful trickery designed to achieve an end; "the senator's tax program was mere jugglery"
Shy Anne's chicanery in her relationships always caught up with her, and caused her many heartaches.