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Con

A prefix meaning with or together. A slang abbreviation for confidence, as in con man or con game. To con someone is to deceive or take advantage of a person through Fraud or trickery after winning the person's confidence. Con is also used as a slang abbreviation for convict, as in ex-con to mean someone previously incarcerated. An abbreviation for contra, which means against. To show the pros and cons of a particular issue means to present arguments or evidence on both sides.

See: contra, deception, peruse, read
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She was half sorry her sagacity had miscarried, and half glad that Tom had stumbled into obedient con- duct for once.
I reminded the audience of the peril which surrounded this self- emancipated young man at the North,--even in Mas- sachusetts, on the soil of the Pilgrim Fathers, among the descendants of revolutionary sires; and I ap- pealed to them, whether they would ever allow him to be carried back into slavery,--law or no law, con- stitution or no constitution.
I have set forth at length in the last chapter my brother's account of the road through Chipping Barnet, in order that my readers may realise how that swarming of black dots appeared to one of those con- cerned.