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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Definitions for knavery

  1. Unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.
  2. Action or practice characteristic of a knave
  3. A knavish act or practice.

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Citations for knavery
Knavery may serve for a turn, but honesty is best in the long run. Aesop, Aesop's Fables
Yes, I took the brunt of it but not because there was a ballot on it but because I know knavery when I see knavery. Plus underhandedness and mischief. Gordon Lish, Collected Fictions
Origin of knavery
1520-1530
Originally from the German word knabe meaning “boy or lad,” knavery has been used to imply deceitful intentions since the 1200s.