roguery

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n roguery reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roguery Arch tricks; mischievousness.
    • Roguery The life of a vargant.
    • Roguery The practices of a rogue; knavish tricks; cheating; fraud; dishonest practices. "'Tis no scandal grown,
      For debt and roguery to quit the town."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roguery The life of a vagrant; vagabondism.
    • n roguery Knavish tricks; cheating; fraud; dishonest practices.
    • n roguery Waggery; arch tricks; mischievousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roguery knavish tricks: fraud: mischievousness: waggery
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Quotations

  • John Gay
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    “A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rogue, proud; either from Bret. rok, proud, or acc. to Diez, from Ice. hrók-r, proud.

Usage

In literature:

Frauds believe in frauds, and rogues are more easily captured by roguery than are honest men.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
She could not reconcile the roguery of Brooks and Lorimer with the men as she knew them.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Spirited roguery; wanton mischief, short of crime.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
There was no doubt that his handsome roguery had caught the woman's fancy.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
I knew nothing about lawyers, or wills, or the Rogueries of domestics.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
But in vain; not a dimple moved indicative of roguery, nor did the slightest elevation of eyebrow rise confirmative of his suspicions.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
But he is no rogue, though he utters rogueries and drolleries.
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
In short, that there was at the bottom of this best of all possible worlds a vast amount of sheer roguery.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
The gold was stolen and you need not think to profit by another's roguery.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
I tried to imagine the particular roguery to which they would first give their attention.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
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In poetry:

For he did basely them refuse
All legal remedy;
The Romans still he well did use,
Still screen'd their roguery.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Our John will quack it like a duck,
And straddle like a clown;
Till 'twix vile roguery and luck
We steal for him the crown.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Wake, poet! and retune your strings.
The earth now swarms with petty kings,
Seated on self—made thrones,
And altar—tables richly spread,
Where Roguery consecrates the bread,
And Opulence atones.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin