Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being thievish.

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  • noun The quality of being thievish.

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  • noun having a disposition to steal

Etymologies

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thievish +‎ -ness

Examples

  • When the dish was empty and Gerald only midway in his remarks on the thievishness of Yankees who wanted to free darkies and yet offered no penny to pay for their freedom, Ellen rose.

    Gone with the Wind

  • When the dish was empty and Gerald only midway in his remarks on the thievishness of Yankees who wanted to free darkies and yet offered no penny to pay for their freedom, Ellen rose.

    Gone with the Wind

  • When the dish was empty and Gerald only midway in his remarks on the thievishness of Yankees who wanted to free darkies and yet offered no penny to pay for their freedom, Ellen rose.

    Gone with the Wind

  • When the dish was empty and Gerald only midway in his remarks on the thievishness of Yankees who wanted to free darkies and yet offered no penny to pay for their freedom, Ellen rose.

    Gone with the Wind

  • When the dish was empty and Gerald only midway in his remarks on the thievishness of Yankees who wanted to free darkies and yet offered no penny to pay for their freedom, Ellen rose.

    Gone with the Wind

  • In a little time after others came and played the same game, only adding to their abominable thievishness by driving off our mules and all our cattle.

    Plantation Sketches

  • A man, speaking to us once of a very rocky clearing, said, "Stone's got a pretty heavy mortgage on that farm"; and another, wishing to give us a notion of the thievishness common in a certain village, capped his climax thus: -- "Dishonest! why, they have to take in their stone walls o 'nights."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • But that crude, corporal fever had a providential thievishness; and not content with stripping me of health and strength, -- not satisfied with pilfering inventiveness and any strong hunger to create -- why, that insatiable fever even robbed me of my insanity.

    The Certain Hour

  • She would work for such a one until the nails dropped off her fingers and her feet crumpled up under her body; but a policeman or a rich person, or a person who ordered one about ...! until she died and was buried in the depths of the world, she would never give in to such a person or admit anything but their thievishness and ill-breeding.

    Mary, Mary

  • But that crude, corporal fever had a providential thievishness; and not content with stripping me of health and strength, -- not satisfied with pilfering inventiveness and any strong hunger to create -- why, that insatiable fever even robbed me of my insanity.

    The Certain Hour

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