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ˈskaʊn drəlscoundrel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. villain, scoundrelnoun

    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately


  1. scoundrelnoun

    one without honor; a villain

  2. Etymology: Possibly related to northern English or Scottish scunner: "to shrink back in fear or loathing" (Encyclopædia Britannica 1911).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scoundrelnoun

    Etymology: scondaruolo, Italian, a hider. Skinner.

    Now to be baffl’d by a scoundrel,
    An upstart sect’ry, and a mungrel. Hudibras.

    Scoundrels as these wretched Ombites be,
    Canopus they exceed in luxury. Nahum Tate.

    Go, if your ancient but ignoble blood
    Has crept through scoundrels ever since the flood,
    Go, and pretend your family is young;
    Nor own your fathers have been fools so long. Alexander Pope.


  1. scoundrel

    A scoundrel is a person, typically a man, who behaves dishonestly, deceitfully or unscrupulously, often causing harm or trouble to others. This term is often used to refer to someone who has violated moral or ethical codes, frequently for their own personal gain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scoundrelnoun

    a mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a man without honor or virtue

  2. Scoundreladjective

    low; base; mean; unprincipled

  3. Etymology: [Probably from Prov. E. & Scotch scunner, scouner, to loathe, to disgust, akin to AS. scunian to shun. See Shun.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scoundrel

    skown′drel, n. a low worthless fellow: a rascal: a man without principle.—ns. Scoun′dreldom, scoundrels collectively; Scoun′drelism, baseness, rascality.—adv. Scoun′drelly. [For scunner-el, one who scunners, or who causes scunnering—A.S. scunian, to shun.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scoundrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scoundrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of scoundrel in a Sentence

  1. H. L. Mencken:

    Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B', 'A' is most likely a scoundrel.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    SBI brokerage is again on its daily practice of not allowing traders to sell shares as it has jammed its trading platform .All pages have UNRESPONSIVE while it is short selling closing hour. A scoundrel brokerage firm

  3. Stephen Moore:

    If my nomination is about my views on the economy and my record on the economy, I'll win 60 votes, if it's about some things I wrote 20 years ago, and there's five full time investigative reporters looking at everything I've written, everything I've ever said, and they'll dig up stuff and people will think I'm some kind of scoundrel. In that case, I'll probably lose.

  4. River Phoenix:

    I've been a scoundrel in my life, I've been selfish, I've been cruel at times, I've been hard to work with. I'm grateful so many of you in this room have given me a second chance, when he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said: Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.

  5. Paul Offit:

    I'm always up for studying more. That's the last refuge of the academic scoundrel : more studies.

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