knavery knavery

Definition(s):

  • (n) lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

Usage(s):

  1. Georgie is pathetic but repulsive; Purfleet is a cad; Geoffrey a fool; all the rest run the gamut of knavery and oafishness.
  2. And beyond obvious knavery, more accepted forms of Western activity can raise Oriental eyebrows.
  3. When the ministers failed to appear, the officials, alerted about Kazzar's knavery, sent out alarms.

Quotes

  1. "Knavery gathered a rich harvest from cupidity, but both suffered when the day of reckoning came," Mackay wrote.
    on Mar 15, 2009 By: Charles Mackay Source: Bowling Green Daily News

  2. Outraged, Defoe says of the buying and selling of shares, "Tis a compleat system of knavery."
    on May 3, 2007 By: Daniel Defoe Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. No better disposed towards the other locals, Wordsworth said the town was full of "grocers and linen-drapers who are (I say it with a feeling of sorrow) a wretched race, the flesh, blood, and bone of their minds being nothing but knavery and low...
    on Dec 5, 2003 By: William Wordsworth Source: guardian.co.uk

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