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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

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

The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

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
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Knave Translations

knave in German is Schurke
knave in Norwegian is kjeltring
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