cozen

cozen
cozen [kuz′ən]
vt., vi.
[< ME cosin, fraud, trickery < ? OFr cosson, horse-trader < L cocio, coctio, a broker, dealer]
1. to cheat; defraud
2. to deceive
cozenage
n.

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  • 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

  • cozen — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, deceive, defraud, delude …   Law dictionary

  • cozen — 1560s, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Fr. cousiner cheat on pretext of being a cousin; or from M.E. cosyn fraud, trickery (mid 15c.), perhaps related to O.Fr. coçon dealer, merchant, trader, from L. cocionem horse dealer. Related: Cozenage …   Etymology dictionary

  • cozen — *cheat, defraud, swindle, overreach Analogous words: *dupe, bamboozle, gull, trick, hoax, hoodwink, befool: delude, beguile, *deceive, mislead …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cozen — ► VERB literary ▪ trick or deceive. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete Italian cozzonare to cheat …   English terms dictionary

  • cozen — v. (formal) 1) (d; tr.) to cozen into 2) (d; tr.) to cozen out of (to cozen smb. out of his money) * * * [ kʌz(ə)n] (formal) (d;tr.) to cozen into (d;tr.) to cozen out of (to cozen smb. out of his money) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cozen — cosen, cozen /kszsnf. In old English law, to cheat …   Black's law dictionary

  • cozen — cosen, cozen /kszsnf. In old English law, to cheat …   Black's law dictionary

  • Cozen O'Connor — P.C. Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania No. of offices 23 total (2 international) No. of attorneys …   Wikipedia

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