V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: deception by artful trickery and clever manipulation of language to obscure the truth

Synonyms: trickery, artifice, deception, wiliness, guile

Antonyms: honesty, integrity, truthfulness, forthrightness

Tips: Chicanery is basically any trick or purposeful deception, but specifically, one that is done through the manipulation of language or the way that something is communicated. One may hear the term chicanery used in the political news media, such as when a political party accuses the opposing party's proposed legislation as chicanery.

Usage Examples:

The jury was led to believe that the financial planner used chicanery to unfairly charge his clients. (deception, artifice)

So many newspapers spoke of the governor's chicanery, his popularity plummeted. (guile, wiliness, deception)

She intends her chicanery more for amusement than true deception. (trickery, wiliness)

He loves practical jokes and often uses chicanery to fool people he works with. (artifice, trickery)

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