Cozened
Cozen Coz"en (k?z"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cozened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cozening} (-'n-?ng). ] [From cousin, hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, F. cousiner.] To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way. [1913 Webster]

He had cozened the world by fine phrases. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Children may be cozened into a knowledge of the letters. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Goring loved no man so well but that he would cozen him, and expose him to public mirth for having been cozened. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cozening — Cozen Coz en (k?z n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cozened} ( nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cozening} ( n ?ng). ] [From cousin, hence, literally, to deceive through pretext of relationship, F. cousiner.] To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive, usually by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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