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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.,

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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.
FLUELLEN As Alexander killed his friend Cleitus, being in his ales and his cups, so also Harry Monmouth, being in his right wits and his good judgements, turned away the fat knight with the great-belly doublet--he was full of jests and gipes and knaveries and mocks--I have forgot his name.