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

  • Artist Rockwell Kent said "exceptional knavery.
  • Georgie is pathetic but repulsive; Purfleet is a cad; Geoffrey a fool; all the rest run the gamut of knavery and oafishness.
  • One clue is the knavery of his wife's cousin (Roddy McDowall), who schemes to take over and sell the family's china factory.

  • Charles Mackay in Bowling Green Daily News
    Knavery gathered a rich harvest from cupidity, but both suffered when the day of reckoning came,Mackay wrote.
  • Daniel Defoe in Wall Street Journal
    Outraged, Defoe says of the buying and selling of shares, "Tis a compleat system of knavery."
  • William Wordsworth in
    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...

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