- action or practice characteristic of a knave.
- unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.
- a knavish act or practice.
Origin of knavery
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Examples from the Web for knavery
They know that their knavery is no secret but they don't mind.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
To “resist not evil” seemed to him then only a rather feeble sort of knavery.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
From this retreat we could see the proof of knavery in the villages below.John Splendid
He was very cunning to be sure; but the "afflicted" girls could see through his knavery.Dulcibel
Folly and knavery were, for a time, completely in the ascendant.Lives of the Engineers
- a deceitful or dishonest act
- dishonest conduct; trickery
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Word Origin and History for knavery
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