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Definition of Knave


  1. A boy; especially, a boy servant.
  2. Any male servant; a menial.
  3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.
  4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.

Knave Quotations

Very often, say what you will, a knave is only a fool.

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
Alexander Pope

No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave; nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness sometimes to play the fool.
George Savile

He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.
George Berkeley

It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.
David Hume
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Knave Translations

knave in German is Schurke
knave in Norwegian is kjeltring
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