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KNAVE. A false, dishonest, or deceitful person. This signification of the word has arisen by a long perversion of its original meaning.
     2. To call a man a knave has been held to be actionable. 1 Rolle's Ab. 52; 1 Freem. 277.,

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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invest only in securities of known value; for if this were the case, there would be fewer bubbles manufactured, and a smaller portion of the aristocracy would owe their exalted position to the ruin and heartrending misery of the hundreds of poor and credulous people whom they have entrapped with their damnable knaveries." (12) Hamon [1865, p.
She looks at the fairy feminism of A Midsummer Night's Dream, fairy honest knaveries in The Merry Wives of Windsor, fairyland meets the fifth monarchy in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, social role transgressions and gender transformation in Cymbeline, and the fairy defense in witchcraft trials.
In his influential writings of the 1760s and, 1770s, (55) Burgh lamented the "ill consequences of the traditional "mixed-mungrel-spiritual-secular-ecclesiastical establishment." Such conflations of church and state, said Burgh, lead to follies and knaveries, " and make the dispensers of religion despicable and odious to all men of sense, and will destroy the spirituality, in which consists the whole value, of religion." (56) "Build an impenetrable wall of separation between sacred and civil, " Burgh enjoined.