knavery


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knav·er·y

 (nā′və-rē)
n. pl. knav·er·ies
1. Dishonest or crafty dealing.
2. An instance of trickery or mischief.

knavery

(ˈneɪvərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. a deceitful or dishonest act
2. dishonest conduct; trickery

knav•er•y

(ˈneɪ və ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. unprincipled or dishonest dealing; trickery.
2. a knavish act or practice.
[1520–30]

knavery

petty dishonesty or fraud. — knave, n. — knavish, adj.
See also: Crime
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knavery - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
betrayal, perfidy, treachery, treason - an act of deliberate betrayal
charlatanism, quackery - the dishonesty of a charlatan
trick - an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent; "that offer was a dirty trick"
falsehood, falsification - the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting

knavery

noun (Old-fashioned) dishonesty, fraud, corruption, deception, deceit, trickery, duplicity, double-dealing, chicanery, villainy, imposture, roguery, rascality a hotbed of intrigue and malicious knavery
Translations

knavery

[ˈneɪvərɪ] Nbellaquería f

knavery

n (old)Bubenstück nt (old), → Büberei f (old)
References in classic literature ?
Tis a safe thing to calculate on the knavery of an Iroquois," said the scout, throwing his rifle forward, by a sort of instinctive movement.
Precisely," said Schliemann; "the low knavery and the ferocious cruelty incidental to them, the plotting and the lying and the bribing, the blustering and bragging, the screaming egotism, the hurrying and worrying.
The farmer, seeing before him this figure in full armour brandishing a lance over his head, gave himself up for dead, and made answer meekly, "Sir Knight, this youth that I am chastising is my servant, employed by me to watch a flock of sheep that I have hard by, and he is so careless that I lose one every day, and when I punish him for his carelessness and knavery he says I do it out of niggardliness, to escape paying him the wages I owe him, and before God, and on my soul, he lies.
I am in half a mind to thrash you, in which case you will be the first to reap the fruits of your scurvy knavery.
Even if his father could not be persuaded, they could fly to Ptarth, laying all the blame of the knavery and intrigue that had thrown four great nations into war, upon the shoulders of Nutus.
The adventures of his rogue of a hero, who began life as the servant and accomplice of a blind beggar, and then adventured on through a most diverting career of knavery, brought back the atmosphere of Don Quixote, and all the landscape of that dear wonder- world of Spain, where I had lived so much, and I followed him with all the old delight.
Let him enter," said De Montfort, "but no knavery, now, we are a thousand men here, well armed and ready fighters.
Mercury, displeased at his knavery, not only took away the golden axe, but refused to recover for him the axe he had thrown into the pool.
These were two brothers living upon the earth who practised every kind of knavery.
From whence is it that the knave is generally so quick-sighted to those symptoms and operations of knavery, which often dupe an honest man of a much better understanding?
Bute's tale was, that the knavery of the pair was irremediable, and that no properly conducted person should ever notice them again.
Bar knew all about the gullibility and knavery of people; but Physician could have given him a better insight into their tendernesses and affections, in one week of his rounds, than Westminster Hall and all the circuits put together, in threescore years and ten.