knave·​ship | \ ˈnāvˌship \

Definition of knaveship

1 : the condition of being a knave : the personality of a knave
2 Scots law : a small customary due formerly paid in meal to the miller's servant at a thirlage mill in return for grinding a quantity of grain

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First Known Use of knaveship

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Knaveship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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