rakehell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rakehell a dissolute man in fashionable society
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rakehell rāk"hĕl` A lewd, dissolute fellow; a debauchee; a rake. "It seldom doth happen, in any way of life, that a sluggard and a rakehell do not go together."
    • a Rakehell Dissolute; wild; lewd; rakish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rakehell Dissolute; base; profligate.
    • n rakehell An abandoned fellow; a wicked wretch; especially, a dissolute fellow; a rake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rakehell a rascal or villain: a debauchee
    • adjs Rakehell dissolute
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Rakel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of M. E. rakel, corr. into rakehell, shortened to rake; Scand., as Sw. rakkel, a vagabond, Ice. reikall, unsettled—reika, to wander.

Usage

In literature:

Now that he's a man, he's an abandoned profligate, a brawler, a drunkard, a rakehell.
"The Lion's Skin" by Rafael Sabatini
Sir Randall Rackabite, of Rascal-hall, in the county of Rakehell.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
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In poetry:

With rakehell Publicans, or worse,
Rather than priests I'd still discourse,
Tho' these debauch'd and spoil'd me quite,
And those wou'd fain direct me right.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard