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1. An unprincipled, crafty fellow.
a. A male servant.
b. A man of humble birth.
3. Games See jack.

[Middle English, from Old English cnafa, boy, male servant.]

knav′ish adj.
knav′ish·ly adv.
knav′ish·ness n.
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The cheating knavishness of intellect, that's it," he said to himself.
He is promising to stick around and not indulge in the knavishness of running away, and he seals his pledge with an oath, "perdie," derived from the French, "par Dieu" (Variorum 145).
Rather, Hume thinks that we cannot have desires to keep promises or return loans (independently of thoughts about our knavishness if we lack them) even once the institutions exist.