Word of the Day :

cozen :


verb1 : to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery 2 : to gain by artful coaxing or trickydeception 

The young man used his charm to cozen elderly victims into pouringtheir savings into his investmentscheme

“The BBC stated in its coverage of the decision that some satiricalcontent had been mistaken for the truth in the pastincluding one instance in 2013 when the Washington Post was cozened intoreporting that Sarah Palin signedonto Al-Jazeera as a correspondent.” — Chandra JohnsonDeseret NewsAugust 20, 2014

Did you know?
“Be not utterly deceived (or to speakin plainer termscozened at theirhands).” Denouncing the evils of the times16th-century Puritanpamphleteer Philip Stubbes thuswarned against unscrupulousmerchantsCozen may not seem a “plainer term” to us, but it might haveto the horse-dependent folks of the 16th centurySome linguists havetheorized that cozen traces to the Italian noun cozzonewhich meanshorse trader.” Horse-trading, as in the actual swapping of horsesusually involved bargaining and compromise—and, in fact, the termhorse-trading” has come to suggestany shrewd negotiation. It seemssafe to assume that not all of thesenegotiations were entirely on the up-and-upGiven its etymologicalassociation with horse traderstherefore, it’s not too surprising thatcozen suggests deception and fraud.


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