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Saturday, November 19, 2011

knavery

\NEY-vuh-ree\ , noun;
1.
Unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.
2.
Action or practice characteristic of a knave
3.
A knavish act or practice.
Quotes:
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:
Originally from the German word knabe meaning “boy or lad,” knavery has been used to imply deceitful intentions since the 1200s.
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