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Apr 9, 2010
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desideratum
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chicanery

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with Anu Garg

chicanery

PRONUNCIATION:
(shi-KAY-nuh-ree)

MEANING:
noun: Deception by trickery or sophistry.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French chicaner (to quibble).

USAGE:
"Some analysts are claiming that these arrests [of Taliban members] are not good news at all, but merely evidence of still more too-clever-by-half chicanery by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence."
Good News From Pakistan, And That's No Conspiracy; The Gazette (Montreal, Canada); Feb 24, 2010.

See more usage examples of chicanery in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity. -Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President (1809-1865)

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