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King

,—from the Saxon word Kuening, or Kuyning, is but the abbreviation of cunning or crafty, the usual distinction and epithet for knaves. According to Swift, a king ouoght to be nothing but a scare-crow placed in the midst of the fields to defend the corn; instead of which they have almost ever been the wild beasts which devouor it.

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Entry taken from A Political Dictionary, by Charles Pigott, 1795.

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