[ UK /nˈe‍ɪvəɹi/ ]
  1. lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
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How To Use knavery In A Sentence

  • But this material is so swamped in trickery and knavery that its inclusion becomes worthless.
  • What strange confusion will the spectacle of that knavery which is universally practised through all the existing classes of society produce in the mind? Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
  • Iago's only bond with his wife Emilia is not intimate, or even affectionate, and it becomes the means that undoes him when he believes he must kill her to prevent her from revealing his knavery.
  • Some very recent examples will suffice to persuade us that piety and knavery are incompatible.
  • Then a certain wanton slave of his belly, lamenting the prohibition against drink, adopted a deep kind of knavery, and found a new way to indulge his desires. The Danish History, Books I-IX
  • When the symptoms were very complicated, the patient was supposed to be possessed with many demons — a demon of madness, one of luxury, one of avarice, one of obstinacy, one of short-sightedness, one of deafness; and the exorciser could not easily miss finding a demon of foolery created, with another of knavery. A Philosophical Dictionary
  • They call it the Fourberia della Scena, The Knavery or trickish Part of the Drama. Spectator, April 18, 1711
  • ` Hellish places, by all accounts, rations a Siberian moujik wouldn't touch, and less civilised behaviour than you'd meet in the Congo, but I'm told there's no education like it - a lifetime's trainin 'in knavery packed into six years. Watershed
  • And then came Black Leclère, to lay his heavy hand on the bit of pulsating puppy-life, to press and prod and mold it till it became a big, bristling beast, acute in knavery, overspilling with hate, sinister, malignant, diabolical. Diable - A Dog
  • Cairo is a sharper and a past master in knavery, and he will certainly slay the Jew and bring hither the dress.’ The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
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