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roguery

[roh-guh-ree]
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noun, plural ro·guer·ies.
  1. roguish conduct; rascality.
  2. playful mischief.
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Origin of roguery

First recorded in 1590–1600; rogue + -ery
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for roguery

Historical Examples

  • What iss that but roguery, for all that this Mr. Harness says!

    Strife (First Series Plays)

    John Galsworthy

  • And let us have a prelude about all this sort of roguery, like the preludes of our other laws.

    Laws

    Plato

  • This is a vile falsehood, devised for some infernal scheme of roguery.

  • "One must deal with a rogue according to his roguery," Colonel John retorted.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • He knew by this circumstance, that it was roguery, not accident, which caused the smoke.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for roguery

roguery

noun plural -gueries
  1. behaviour characteristic of a rogue
  2. a roguish or mischievous act
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Word Origin and History for roguery

n.

1590s, from rogue (n.) + -ery.

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