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cozen +‎ -age



cozenage (countable and uncountable, plural cozenages)

  1. The fact or practice of cozening; cheating, deception.
    • 1896, Frederick Locker-Lampson, My Confidences, An Autobiographical Sketch Addressed to my Descendants (London: Smith, Elder & Co.), pp 413–14.
      I ask you, What is human life? Is it not a maimed happiness—care and weariness, weariness and care, with a baseless expectation, the strange 'cozenage of a brighter tomorrow?
  2. An instance of cozening; a scam.
    • 1646, {w|John Suckling}, Fragmenta Aurea, Letter I, reprinted in The Works of Sir John Suckling: Containing His Poems, Letters, and Plays (Dublin: O. Nelson, 1766), p. 109:
      When I receive your Lines, my dear Princess, and find there Expressions of a Passion; though Reason and my own Immerit tell me, it must not be for me; yet is the Cozenage so pleasing to me, that I (brib'd by my own Desires) believe them still before the other.