I'm writing an outline for an assignment in which I have to write a sequel to "The Cask of Amontillado." In the introduction I have:

Montresor has thieved and murdered his way to being the dictator of a small city state.

But "thieved" is not the right word. He isn't a thief, he is a treacherous calculating backstabber. I've been looking but can't find a word that means "to gain by treachery" and could replace "thieved."

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    Schemed or connived, perhaps? Even tricked would do. – Mick Nov 30 '16 at 19:33
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    'usurped the government of a small city state by theft and murder'? – John Feltz Nov 30 '16 at 19:34
  • ... Manipulated. – aparente001 Dec 1 '16 at 2:49

What about "cheat" or one of its synonyms?


Swindle, trick, etc.

  • I think I'll use "conned." It's not my original idea but it fits best. Thanks! – SilentVoid Nov 30 '16 at 19:38

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