cozener


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coz·en

 (kŭz′ən)
v. coz·ened, coz·en·ing, coz·ens
v.tr.
1. To mislead by means of a petty trick or fraud; deceive.
2. To persuade or induce to do something by cajoling or wheedling.
3. To obtain by deceit or persuasion.
v.intr.
To act deceitfully.

[Probably ultimately (perhaps via Middle English cosin, fraud, trickery) from Old French cosson, middleman, trader, or obsolete Italian cozzonare, to cheat (from Italian cozzone, horse-trader), both ultimately from Latin cōciō, coctiō, dealer, perhaps of Etruscan origin.]

coz′en·er n.
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When Ben Jonson wants to portray debauchery at its worst, for instance, he has his master cozener Volpone engage in an elaborate fantasy of sexual license.
Betsy Blossom in Samuel Foote's comedy The Cozeners (1774), has the following dramatic outburst:
The topics include the survival of customary justice and resistant to its displacement by the new Ordines Iudiciorum as evidence by francophone literature of the high middle ages, women as victims and criminals in the Siete Partidas, wardens and jailers in 14th-century southern France, equal opportunity vengeance in the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre, and some cozeners in Shakespeare's England.