rogu·​ery ˈrō-g(ə-)rē How to pronounce roguery (audio)
plural rogueries
: an act or behavior characteristic of a rogue
: mischievous play

Examples of roguery in a Sentence

those adolescent rogueries that seemed funny at the time—but only stupid when considered in hindsight the old fraternity brothers fondly recounted how their roguery used to rile the dean
Recent Examples on the Web That’s flimflam, that’s roguery. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 Feb. 2022 America, this is a level of pure double-dealing, roguery, and downright villainy ne’er witnessed on this television program. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 7 Sep. 2021 His own father, famously, had been a confidence trickster, and le Carré was therefore all too well equipped to mount a lifelong investigation into the uses of roguery, not to mention sleights of hand, some of them amounting to a national disgrace. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 Trump smiled, and the dinner guests laughed at the sole acknowledgment of presidential roguery on this otherwise traditional night. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 The political systems of the US and Britain are staggering under the pressure of Russia’s roguery.... Monitor Editors, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roguery was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Roguery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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