n.1.Flattery; deceit; trickery.
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-erie as in avouerie 'acknowledgement', losengerie 'deceitful flattery' and reneirie 'apostasy' appears 2 times each in Ayenbit of Inwit.
This concept of rhetorical ambivalence is linked to the last important element behind Backbiter's representation: the tradition of the "sins of the tongue" of which backbiting or detractio forms a part.(15) Every bit as technically complex as the Ciceronian rhetorical framework known to medieval rhetoricians, these sins of the tongue are likened to a tree by the author of The Book of Vices and Virtues and are further subdivided into ten "branches": But we wole sette ten chef braunches pat comep of pis tree of wikkede tonge: ydel, auauntyng, losengerie, apeyre a man bihynde hym, pat is bakbityng, lesynges, forswerynges, stryuynges, grucchynges, rebellynges, blasphemye, pat is speke euele of God.(16)