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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
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
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)


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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.
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.
Monks, still bearing that assumed name, retired with his portion to a distant part of the New World; where, having quickly squandered it, he once more fell into his old courses, and, after undergoing a long confinement for some fresh act of fraud and knavery, at length sunk under an attack of his old disorder, and died in prison.
 
 
 
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