Definition of Knavery

1. Noun. Lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing.




Definition of Knavery

1. n. The practices of a knave; petty villainy; fraud; trickery; a knavish action.

Definition of Knavery

1. Noun. The (mis)behaviour of a knave, boyish mischief. ¹

2. Noun. Deceit, an unprincipled action. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knavery

1. trickery [n -ERIES] - See also: trickery

Lexicographical Neighbors of Knavery

knarrier
knarriest
knarring
knarry
knars
knaur
knaurs
knauvshawl
knave
knave of clubs
knave of diamonds
knave of hearts
knave of spades
knaveproof
knaveries
knavery (current term)
knaves
knaveship
knavess
knavesses
knavish
knavishly
knavishness
knaw
knawe
knawed
knawel
knawels
knawes
knawing

Literary usage of Knavery

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Shakespeare's Midsummer-night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1870)
"Why do they run away ? this is a knavery of them to make me afear'd. Enter SNOUT. SNOUT. O Bottom ! thou art chang'd : what do I see on thee ? [Exit. ..."

2. Othello: A Tragedy in Five Acts by William Shakespeare, Tommaso Salvini, James Henry Mapleson (1876)
"... and to plume up my will; A double knavery.—How ? how ?—Let me see :— After some time, to abuse Othello's ear, That he is too familiar with his wife ..."

3. Yale Studies in English edited by Albert Stanburrough Cook, Yale university New Haven (1903)
"Abuses and knavery. Alchemy and knavery have been yoked in one team as far back as we know aught of alchemy. ' Fraud, folly and failure have been deeply ..."

4. Satirical Songs and Poems on Costume: From the 13th to the 19th Century by Frederick William Fairholt (1849)
"62), concluded with some lines which may have suggested the ballad:— • these, are no times for thee, Thick cloaks are only fit for knavery: The only cloaks ..."

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