Definition of knavish in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪvɪʃ


Dishonest or unscrupulous: his knavish tricks will be frustrated
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  • One is at times reminded of Belloc's remark to the effect that the best proof of the divine foundation and support of the Church is that no institution run with such knavish imbecility could otherwise survive.



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  • Thomas Blaize, Marlowe's actor friend who knavishly betrays Marlowe into order to save his own dishonorable neck, is pure fiction.
  • He was on his way to punish a black-hearted pirate, a faithless scoundrel, who had not only acted knavishly toward the world in general, but had behaved most disloyally and disrespectfully toward a fellow pirate chief.


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  • Professor Chomsky said, ‘There are simply no limits to greed and knavishness in the business world’.
  • The ever undisguised craftiness and knavishness of the imperialists is characteristic of their aggressive foreign policy after the end of the cold war.
  • All of Thomas Morton's goods were seized to pay the charges of the trial, and also to make good to the Indians what they had lost through his knavishness.

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