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 for knavish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knavish \Knav"ish\, a.
     1. Like or characteristic of a knave[3]; given to knavery;
        trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish
        fellow, or a knavish trick. "Knavish politicians."
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish; rascally.
        [1913 Webster]
              Cupid is knavish lad,
              Thus to make poor females mad.        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for
             wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a
             slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a
             wily old attorney" [syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy,
             foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy,
             tricky, wily]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "knavish":
     abominable, arch, arrant, atrocious, bad, base, black,
     blackguardly, blamable, blameworthy, criminal, damnable, dark,
     deceitful, degraded, devilish, disgraceful, elfish, elvish, evil,
     execrable, flagitious, flagrant, foolish, foul, full of mischief,
     heinous, high-spirited, impish, improper, infamous, iniquitous,
     low, lying, mendacious, mischief-loving, mischievous, monstrous,
     naughty, nefarious, notorious, peccant, playful, prankish,
     pranksome, pranky, puckish, rank, rascally, recreant,
     reprehensible, reprobate, roguish, scampish, scandalous,
     scapegrace, scoundrelly, shameful, shifty, sinful, sportive,
     trickish, tricksy, unforgivable, unpardonable, unspeakable,
     untruthful, unworthy, vicious, vile, villainous, waggish, wicked,

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