Knavishness - definition of knavishness by The Free Dictionary
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1. An unprincipled, crafty fellow.
a. A male servant.
b. A man of humble birth.
[Middle English, from Old English cnafa, boy, male servant.]
References in classic literature
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.