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 defrand; to beguile; to deceive, usually by small arts, or in a pitiful way.

He had cozened the world by fine phrases. Macualay.

Children may be cozened into a knowledge of the letters. Locke.

Goring loved no man so well but that he would cozen him, and expose him to public mirth for having been cozened. Clarendon.

 

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Coz"en, v. i.

To deceive; to cheat; to act deceitfully.

Some cogging,cozening slave. Shak.

 

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