scoundrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scoundrel a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scoundrel A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a man without honor or virtue. "Go, if your ancient, but ignoble blood
      Has crept through scoundrels ever since the flood."
    • a Scoundrel Low; base; mean; unprincipled.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scoundrel A base, mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a low villain; a man without honor or virtue.
    • n scoundrel Synonyms Knave, rogue, cheat, swindler, sharper.
    • scoundrel Belonging to or characteristic of a scoundrel; base; mean; unprincipled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scoundrel skown′drel a low worthless fellow: a rascal: a man without principle
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Every man over forty is a scoundrel.”
  • Korner
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    “No scoundrel is so stupid as to not find a reason for his vile conduct.”
  • Heywood Broun
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    “A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o clock is a scoundrel.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
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    “No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from Prov. E. & Scotch scunner, scouner, to loathe, to disgust, akin to AS. scunian, to shun. See Shun
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For scunner-el, one who scunners, or who causes scunnering—A.S. scunian, to shun.

Usage

In literature:

No hope of that scoundrel Stratton breaking his neck, or repenting, or anything, is there?
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
If ever he did what he had proposed to do, then he was a scoundrel, and a conscious scoundrel!
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Zette, to-day I called your husband a scoundrel and a crocodile.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Others, less courageous, threw bottles and glasses at the scoundrels who promptly returned them.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Do you suppose these people can be mixed up with that scoundrel?
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
You're a lot of scheming scoundrels, but I'll beat you yet.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
If you will insist upon talking with the scoundrel, at least permit me to be within call.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Cowardly scoundrel, what have you to say to this!
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Worse, the scoundrels had used chloroform this time.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
The scoundrel who has tampered with the stores deserves the severest punishment.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

AP. Tartarus is the place
These scoundrels you should send to—
Should they behold my face.
My influence there's an end to.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"The Law, my child, we must fulfill,
The scoundrel see depart!
Yet once! 'tis but a moment's chill,
'Tis but a trifling smart!"
"The First Bath Of Ablution" by Morris Rosenfeld
For only scoundrels dare to do
What we consider just and true,
And only good men do, in fact,
What we should think a dirty act.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The cruel old scoundrel brightens up
At the death of the Olden Year,
And he waves a gorgeous golden cup,
And bids the world good cheer.
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert
The lords of the Temple let scoundrels
Pass judgement, and those who at first
Had fervently followed and hailed him,
Now all just as zealously cursed.
"Bad Days" by Boris Pasternak
The Surgeon swore as they enter'd his door,
'Twas fearful his oaths to hear,--
Now send these scoundrels to the Devil,
For God's sake my brethren dear.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey

In news:

John Lawlor and Virginia Madsen go straight in Scoundrels, a new one-hour comedy/drama series on ABC.
'Bel Ami' review: Robert Pattinson as sexual scoundrel .
For He's a Jolly Good Scoundrel : On Sanford Weill The Nation.
Western historian Will Bagley's edition of Sam Brannan's collected works, Scoundrel 's Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers, was published by Utah State University Press in 1999.
THE SCOUNDREL By Stephan Jaramillo.
John Graham, A Brilliant Scoundrel .
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is ' smash hit '.
If theater is your cup of tea, get yourself out to DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS.
These 'Scoundrels' anything but rotten.
A scoundrel stole $100 from a shopper at the Gap store on Fulton Street on June 3.
But what can you expect from a musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
As scoundrels go, Tina Houghton is small potatoes.
Neal McDonough is preparing a dramatic new look for his role in the ABC pilot "Scoundrels," the "Desperate Housewives" star told Popcorn Biz.
And there were scoundrels who passed off their work as Rembrandts .
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" at the Empire Theatre.
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