- knavish + -ness (Wiktionary)
“To such a state have we free-born men, men who came out but to see the elephant, been reduced, by the asinine stupidity of the Government, by the impudence and knavishness of its officials.”
“Had Scarlett been possessed of such an anger, she would have been stamping both feet and roaring like Gerald in his finest days, calling on God to witness the accursed duplicity and knavishness of mankind and uttering blood-curdling threats of retaliation.”
“The genial knavishness of her father had never appeared as such to her.”
“That helps you to distinguish real knavishness from childish faults.”
“He had endeavoured to dissuade the king from signing it and had written as follows to the Cardinals of Bourbon and Lorraine: "The King will have more to fear from the hidden traps and knavishness of the heretics than from their barefaced brigandage during the war.”
“While denying his knavishness, it had the singular appearance of developing his foolishness.”
“You could not conceive their knavishness and dishonesty, except you happened to be an agent for a few years.”
“In the conviction of its own certitude and of the knavishness of all other positions it is essentially totalitarian.”
“The cheating knavishness of intellect, that’s it,” he said to himself.”
“People don't mean any harm by such tricks ” they are the subterfuges of weakness: but when you come upon real cynical deliberate knavishness ” that is different.”
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