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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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cozen

(ˈkʌzən)
vb
to cheat or trick (someone)
[C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin]
ˈcozenage n
ˈcozener n
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coz•en

(ˈkʌz ən)

v.t., v.i.
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
[1565–75; perhaps < Old North French coçonner to resell, v. derivative of coçon retailer (< Latin coctiōnem, acc. of coctiō, cōciō dealer)]
coz′en•er, n.
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cozen


Past participle: cozened
Gerund: cozening

Imperative
cozen
cozen
Present
I cozen
you cozen
he/she/it cozens
we cozen
you cozen
they cozen
Preterite
I cozened
you cozened
he/she/it cozened
we cozened
you cozened
they cozened
Present Continuous
I am cozening
you are cozening
he/she/it is cozening
we are cozening
you are cozening
they are cozening
Present Perfect
I have cozened
you have cozened
he/she/it has cozened
we have cozened
you have cozened
they have cozened
Past Continuous
I was cozening
you were cozening
he/she/it was cozening
we were cozening
you were cozening
they were cozening
Past Perfect
I had cozened
you had cozened
he/she/it had cozened
we had cozened
you had cozened
they had cozened
Future
I will cozen
you will cozen
he/she/it will cozen
we will cozen
you will cozen
they will cozen
Future Perfect
I will have cozened
you will have cozened
he/she/it will have cozened
we will have cozened
you will have cozened
they will have cozened
Future Continuous
I will be cozening
you will be cozening
he/she/it will be cozening
we will be cozening
you will be cozening
they will be cozening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cozening
you have been cozening
he/she/it has been cozening
we have been cozening
you have been cozening
they have been cozening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cozening
you will have been cozening
he/she/it will have been cozening
we will have been cozening
you will have been cozening
they will have been cozening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cozening
you had been cozening
he/she/it had been cozening
we had been cozening
you had been cozening
they had been cozening
Conditional
I would cozen
you would cozen
he/she/it would cozen
we would cozen
you would cozen
they would cozen
Past Conditional
I would have cozened
you would have cozened
he/she/it would have cozened
we would have cozened
you would have cozened
they would have cozened
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cozen - be false to; be dishonest with
betray, sell - deliver to an enemy by treachery; "Judas sold Jesus"; "The spy betrayed his country"
victimise, victimize - make a victim of; "I was victimized by this con-man"
chisel, cheat - engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
shill - act as a shill; "The shill bid for the expensive carpet during the auction in order to drive the price up"
flim-flam, fob, fox, play a trick on, play tricks, pull a fast one on, trick, play a joke on - deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
befool, fool, gull - make a fool or dupe of
cheat on, wander, betray, cheat - be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage; "She cheats on her husband"; "Might her husband be wandering?"
hoax, play a joke on, pull someone's leg - subject to a playful hoax or joke
ensnare, entrap, frame, set up - take or catch as if in a snare or trap; "I was set up!"; "The innocent man was framed by the police"
humbug - trick or deceive
2.cozen - act with artful deceit
chisel, cheat - engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; "Who's chiseling on the side?"
3.cozen - cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"
gain, win, acquire - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
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cozen

verb
1. To cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation:
Informal: bamboozle, have.
Slang: four-flush.
2. To get money or something else from by deceitful trickery:
Informal: chisel, flimflam, take, trim.
Slang: diddle, do, gyp, stick, sting.
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References in classic literature ?
Verily, ye fill your mouth with noble words: and we are to believe that your heart overfloweth, ye cozeners?
(16.) On this point see Angela Hurworth, "Gulls, Cony-Catchers and Cozeners: Twelfth Night and the Elizabethan Underworld," Shakespeare Survey 52 (1999): 120-32.
Betsy Blossom in Samuel Foote's comedy The Cozeners (1774), has the following dramatic outburst: