Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dishonest or crafty dealing.
  • n. An instance of trickery or mischief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The (mis)behaviour of a knave, boyish mischief.
  • n. Deceit, an unprincipled action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practices of a knave; petty villainy; fraud; trickery; a knavish action.
  • n. Roguish or mischievous tricks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The action or character of a knave; dishonesty; deception in dealing; trickery; petty villainy; fraud.
  • n. Roguishness; waggishness; tomfoolery.
  • n. Narthecium ossifragum, the bog-asphodel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

Etymologies

From knave + -ery of Germanic origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And then came Black Leclère, to lay his heavy hand on the bit of pulsating puppy life, to press and prod and mould till it became a big bristling beast, acute in knavery, overspilling with hate, sinister, malignant, diabolical.

    BÂTARD

  • Leclère, to lay his heavy hand on the bit of pulsating puppy life, to press and prod and mould till it became a big bristling beast, acute in knavery, overspilling with hate, sinister, malignant, diabolical.

    Batard

  • And then came Black Leclère, to lay his heavy hand on the bit of pulsating puppy-life, to press and prod and mold it till it became a big, bristling beast, acute in knavery, overspilling with hate, sinister, malignant, diabolical.

    Diable - A Dog

  • Cairo is a sharper and a past master in knavery, and he will certainly slay the Jew and bring hither the dress.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then a certain wanton slave of his belly, lamenting the prohibition against drink, adopted a deep kind of knavery, and found a new way to indulge his desires.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Now, I think that the longer we preserve that abhorrence for knavery which is the generous instinct of youth, why, the fairer will be our manhood, and the more reverend our age.

    My Novel — Volume 09

  • What strange confusion will the spectacle of that knavery which is universally practised through all the existing classes of society produce in the mind?

    Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

  • This is just the latest punch in a long fight against Google: last year the alliance compared the settlement to John D. Rockefeller's "knavery" in colluding with railroads in the 19th century.

    National Business News - Local Business News | bizjournals

  • Here too ought to be mentioned the knavery which is practised by officiales and other episcopal and spiritual officers, who ban, load, hunt and drive the poor people with great burdens, as long as a penny remains.

    A Treatise on Good Works

  • Book group cites Rockefeller's 'knavery' in countering Google deal book settlement, comparing the company's moves to John D. Rockefeller's "knavery" in colluding with railroads in the 19th

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