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chicanery (noun) trickery; deceit.
The use of complicated plans and clever talk to deceive people is chicanery. Politicians are notorious for using chicanery for getting votes, or for other selfish purposes like getting and staying in power, or for amassing wealth. Lawyers too use chicanery to win cases at any cost, without any regard for truth. Innocent people are duped by the chicanery of traders, who try to pass off spurious stuff as genuine.
- A democracy can be sound and stable, only if people are enlightened enough to see through the clever tricks of politicians who resort to chicanery.
- As a court of law relies only on evidence, lawyers often use chicanery, and try to win cases by trickery rather than by an honest interpretation of law.