skulduggery

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An alteration of Scottish English sculduddery, sculdudrie (adultery, unchaste behaviour; obscenity), of uncertain origin.[1]

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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skʌlˈdʌɡəɹi/, /skʌlˈdʌɡɹi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌskʌlˈdʌɡəɹi/, /ˌskʌlˈdʌɡɹi/, /ˌskəlˈdəɡ-/
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  • Hyphenation: skul‧dug‧ge‧ry

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skulduggery (countable and uncountable, plural skulduggeries)

  1. (countable) A devious device or trick.
    Synonyms: ruse, strategem, subterfuge
  2. (uncountable) Dishonest, underhanded, or unscrupulous activities or behaviour.
    Synonyms: dishonesty, jiggery-pokery, subterfuge, thugduggery, trickery, underhandedness, unscrupulousness
    Antonyms: honesty, probity

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