American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Behavior characteristic of a rogue.
- n. A mischievous act.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The life of a vagrant; vagabondism.
- n. Knavish tricks; cheating; fraud; dishonest practices.
- n. Waggery; arch tricks; mischievousness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The life of a vargant.
- n. The practices of a rogue; knavish tricks; cheating; fraud; dishonest practices.
- n. Arch tricks; mischievousness.
- n. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
“Scott's brother was wounded and afterwards arrested & lodged in jail at Bilboe's instance -- charge "roguery" --”
“Emperor Charles V., an accomplished soldier and a learned historian -- such was the creator of the hungry rogue Lazarillo, and the founder of the "picaresque" school of fiction, or the romance of roguery, which is not yet extinct.”
“So all he gained by his roguery was a burnt skin and nothing to show for it; and that has happened more than once to rogues whose wits are so sharp that they cut their own fingers with them.”
“We live, Augustus, in an age eminently favorable to the growth of all roguery which is careful enough to keep up appearances.”
“I do not think that the grand, old anti-slavery pioneer went to his grave thinking there was any 'roguery' in me.”
“The general complained to the governor of Pennsylvania on May 24 about the folly of Mr. Dinwiddie and the roguery of the Assembly, and unless the road of communication from your province is opened and some contracts made . . .”
“To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the world ...”
“And then the face that was turned to his was the face of the Little Lady of the Big House, the mouth smiling mischievously, the eyes filled with roguery, as she said:”
“Mr. Kelly writes sympathetically, not mockingly, of Shelby, and he has a proper appreciation for the brazen roguery of Doc Kearns, whose greed and manipulativeness made the fight possible — and doomed Shelby's self-promotional hopes.”
““Lord Jarret had a look of roguery about him,” Annabel said stoutly.”
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