The difference between "cozen" and "deceive", "surmise" and "guess", "venerate" and "worship"
I learned some new words from GRE vocabulary. Quite confused with some of them, even after looking up the dictionary.
1.cozen & deceive & cheat
1.1 Can "cheat" replace "cozen" in this sentence? (I think so, but unsure of it.)
She could cozen everything out of her grandpa, even his favourite jade lion.
1.2 Can "cheat" or "cozen" replace "deceive" in this sentence? (I think "cheat" can, but "cheat" sounds not formal. )
The government usually deceives the public by imposing limitations on the media and blocking foreign news.
2 surmise & guess
Is surmise a literary term of "guess"? I rarely saw this word.
3 venerate & worship
Can they be replacements in this sentence?
"Most Chinese venerate/worship their ancestors; they believe praying to ancestors can bring them luck."
My understanding: these two words can both be used regarding religions or your idols, but worship has an extra meaning as "love" or "admire". Please tell me whether it is right.
Thank you very much!