Synonyms of knavery
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chicaneryChicanery is using cleverness to cheat people.
• The trial revealed a world of crime, corruption and political chicanery.
trickerycheatingintriguedeceptionartificewilesduplicitysubterfugestratagemschicanedouble-dealingskulduggery (informal)sharp practicesophistrydeviousnesswire-pulling (US)underhandednessdodge
corruptionCorruption is dishonesty and illegal behaviour by people in positions of authority or power.
• He faces 54 charges of corruption and tax evasion.
dishonestyfraudbribingfiddling (informal)graft (informal)briberyextortionprofiteeringbreach of trustdemoralizationvenalityshady dealings (informal)crookedness (informal)jobberyunscrupulousnessshadinessfraudulency
deceitDeceit is behaviour that is deliberately intended to make people believe something which is not true.
• He was guilty of theft, fraud and deceit on an incredible scale.
Thesaurus for knavery from the Collins English Thesaurus