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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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I think it gratuitously and unnecessarily pessimistic to have him choose the knavish option, in opposition to his pledge.
Knavish has previously said that the Panama Canal is a significant regional economic centre for the industry, while Costa Rica and Panama are growth markets for protective and marine coatings.
Tim Knavish, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings, said the US Navy contract extends PPG's commitment to serving the US Navy and other military services.
In addition, in France and Germany and Holland, a rising tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric has brought knavish right-wing parties to the fore.
However, most often than not, knavish political parties use children as political bargaining chips and propaganda tools.
The pair explained that it "ought to be the ambition, of all honest magistrates, to have their deeds openly examined, and publicly scanned" and that this would reveal when those who hold the public trust "are honest" and likewise would reveal when those who hold the public trust are "knavish or pernicious?' Such revelations in a democracy have a salutary and essential effect on the franchise whereby, through their votes, the electorate may remove those who act corruptly or abuse power.
are all caricatured by persons with non-de-plume Irish name, while ubiquitous cognomens designate dishonest and unscrupulous politicians, pool room proprietors, knavish bosses, or illiterate get-rich-somehow nabobs, all of which is as unmagnanimous as it is untruthful.
(92) He even claims that 'Americans are a race of intemperate, knavish, immoral people', and suggests that their faults stem from a lack of restraint born out of republican ideas, sentiments, and practices.
The cast of four seemed much larger, thanks to clever costume changes and choreography, and Kirsten McLean taking on the dual roles of knavish Mosca and put-upon Celia, Harry Ward as both Corbaccio and Bonario and Stephen Clyde as Voltore/Corvino.
'You' is, at once, a modern-day Horatio Alger character, representing the desires and frustrations of millions in rising Asia; a bildungsroman hero, by turns knavish and recognizably human, who sallies forth from the provinces to find his destiny; and a nameless but intimately known soul, whose bittersweet romance with the pretty girl possesses a remarkable emotional power." MICHIKO KAKUTANI
As the knavish city companion praises her wealthy customers, for instance, he degrades them, and by extension, vitiates her.
Such performances were very much in demand and cities like London offered a wide array of examples of "baboonizing," a term that Randle Cotgrave, in his A French and English Dictionary (1650), coined in both French and English to describe the use of "apish or foolish tricks, waggish or knavish prankes," in order to "deceive, cozen, [or] gull." (16) Unlike the more generic term "aping," which connoted a series of mute gestures or behaviors, "baboonizing" emphasizes a style of performance simultaneously associated with the animal, its physical behavior, and with the urban spaces in which it performed.