knavery

[ney-vuh-ree]
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:
1520–30; knave + -ery

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knavery (ˈneɪvərɪ)
 
n , pl -eries
1.  a deceitful or dishonest act
2.  dishonest conduct; trickery

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Example sentences
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.
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