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 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 — coz·en || kÊŒzn v. swindle, cheat; deceive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cozening — Cheating or defrauding a person by some deceitful practice, whether in a matter of business or not, as by a counterfeit letter, cogged dice or other false token. See 4 Bl Comm 158 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • cozening — …   Useful english dictionary

  • cozen — transitive verb (cozened; cozening) Etymology: perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare, from Italian cozzone horse trader, from Latin cocion , cocio trader Date: 1573 1. to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cozenage — noun Date: 1583 1. the art or practice of cozening ; fraud 2. an act or an instance of cozening …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cozenage — noun /ˈkʌzənɪdʒ/ a) The fact or practice of cozening; cheating, deception. b) An instance of cozening; a scam …   Wiktionary

  • Brokery — Bro ker*y, n. The business of a broker. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And with extorting, cozening, forfeiting, And tricks belonging unto brokery. Marlowe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cozen — Coz en, v. i. To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully. [1913 Webster] Some cogging, cozening slave. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cozenage — Coz en*age ( [asl]j), n. [See {Cozen}, and cf. {Cousinage}.] The art or practice of cozening; artifice; fraud. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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