I noun artfulness, artifice, beguilement, cheat, cheating, chicanery, circumvention, corruption, cozenage, craft, craftiness, criminality, cunning, cunningness, deceit, deceitfulness, deception, defraudation, deviousness, dishonesty, double-dealing, dupery, duplicity, foul play, fraud, fraudulence, fraus, guile, hoax, humbuggery, insincerity, knavishness, lack of principle, lack of probity, legerdemain, malfeasance, malitia, nequitia, pettifoggery, rascality, roguery, roguishness, scampishness, scoundrelism, shadiness, sharp practice, skulduggery, slyness, treachery, trick, trickery, trickiness, turpitude, underhand dealing, unreliability, untrustworthiness, villainousness, villainy, wiles, wrongdoing II index artifice, collusion, corruption, deception, dishonesty, evasion, hoax, imposture, improbity, mischief, misdoing, pettifoggery

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  • knavery — (n.) 1520s, from KNAVE (Cf. knave) + ERY (Cf. ery) …   Etymology dictionary

  • knavery — [nāv′ər ē] n. pl. knaveries 1. behavior or an act characteristic of a knave; rascality; dishonesty 2. Obs. roguishness; mischievous quality …   English World dictionary

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