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1. The art or practice of cozening.
2. An act or example of cozening.
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(ˈkʌz ə nɪdʒ)

1. the practice of cozening.
2. the condition of being cozened.
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Noun1.cozenage - a fraudulent business schemecozenage - a fraudulent business scheme  
swindle, cheat, rig - the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; "that book is a fraud"
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For instance, when discussing the dangerous reputation of Ephesus as a town "full of cozenage" (1.2.97), Antipholus S.
I had hoped, though, for some credible piece of cozenage. In any event, I congratulated myself on my prescience when, on the following day, a communication appeared in the Mercury from someone styling himself "No Humbug." This writer, clearly incensed, pronounces the Mermaid a "contemptible hoax." The crux of his proof?
As Clotpoll puts it, the mountebank "sowed so much seed of knavery and cozenage here, that 'tis feared 'twill never out" (1.1 .sp93).
Thus, it is assumed that Judas remains present and continues to be a deceptive character as his pledge of loyalty is part of his ongoing cozenage. It would seem, then, that Judas leaves the disciples somewhere between their arrival at Gethsemane in 26:36a and his arrival with the minions of the religious leaders in 26:45-48.
"THROUGH THE contrivance and cunning of stock jobbers there hath been brought in such a complication of knavery and cozenage, such a mystery of iniquity, and such an unintelligible jargon of terms to involve it in, as were never known in any other age or country."
are the greatest cozenage that men can put upon the Providence of God, and make pretences to break known rules by." (40) For Kantians, the case for revising our conception of humaneness to allow for torture or other inhumane treatment seems even harder to make.
The appraisal that the money is lost gives rise to fear and disorientation, and the town appears full of "cozenage," filled with "nimble jugglers," and "dark-working sorcerers," as well as "soul-killing witches" and "prating mountebanks" (1.2.97-102).
At the end of scene two, to visually highlight Antipholus of Syracuse's words, "town full of cozenage," "dark-working sorcerers," and "prating mountebanks," the lights went out upstage on the boardwalk and only the shadows of the townspeople were seen departing in slow motion, creating the mystery of Ephesus.