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chicanery
deception by means of craft or guile

"Dishonest used car salesmen often use CHICANERY to sell their beat-up old cars.
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected. also means showing little effort

"Diane had a DESULTORY academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in 3 years"
Think of the Sultan who talked about "dees and dat" and "dat and dees" (one meaning) while I did the dishes in my usual desultory way (another, sort of related meaning).
disabuse
to set right; to free from error

"Galileo's observations DISABUSED scholars of the notion that the Sun revolved around the Earth.
Elegy
a sorrowful poem or speech

"Although Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' is about death and loss, it urges its readers to endure this life, and to trust in spirituality.
enervate
to reduce in strength

"The guerrillas hoped that a series of surprise attacks would ENERVATE the regular army."