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- n. The quality of being thievish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being thievish.
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- n. having a disposition to steal
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 first land seen was the little group of islands called Ladrones from the thievishness of the inhabitants, and a short stay was made at
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Hogarth's back was toward him, the iron leg lying near a box in which was a sitting hen, on its top a candlestick, the calico bag, and a lot of the gems: at which the priest's palm covered his awed mouth, and with a fleet thievishness, like a cat on hot bricks, he trotted back to the cottage.
 Cf. with this the thievishness, and dexterity therein, of the
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According to Confucius there are seven grounds of divorce: disobedience, barrenness, lewd conduct, jealousy, leprosy or any other foul or incurable disease, too much talking, and thievishness.
Certainly in American slavery he showed a decided tendency to petty thievishness, so that it was necessary to throw a great deal of legal restraint around his petty business relations with others.