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knavery

[ney-vuh-ree] /ˈneɪ və ri/
noun, plural knaveries.
1.
action or practice characteristic of a knave.
2.
unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.
3.
a knavish act or practice.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; knave + -ery
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Examples from the web for knavery
  • Great knaves thrive only by winking at the knavery of their under- strappers.
  • The world is so wicked and so old, that it is bard to invent a new knavery.
  • But it is all of a piece with a personal career, which, for romantic incident and successful knavery has few parallels.
British Dictionary definitions for knavery

knavery

/ˈneɪvərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
a deceitful or dishonest act
2.
dishonest conduct; trickery
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Word Origin and History for knavery
n.

1520s, from knave + -ery.

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