Some blackguard or other, I think it was Sybrandt, said, "A lie is not like a blow with a curtal axe."
Then you have to choose between being unhappy or being a blackguard.
Let me tell you, sir, that if youre not a lunatic, youre a blackguard.
blackguard is a harsh word; but what other will express the idea?
I ought to have suspected something when Sterling told me he was getting ten per cent for my money,—the blackguard!
"We shall have to get rid of the blackguard at any price," said Pierre in a gloomy tone.
You don't mean that this is the blackguard who wrote that account of the defalcation in the Events?
But the blackguard was—was—well, he was not and never had been.
I'm a blackguard fast enough; but there's no good talking about it.
He tould me all your secrets—that your husband had deserted you because he was a brute and a blackguard.
1530s, scullion, kitchen knave. Perhaps once an actual military or guard unit; more likely originally a mock-military reference to scullions and kitchen-knaves of noble households, of black-liveried personal guards, and of shoeblacks. By 1736, sense had emerged of "one of the criminal class." Hence the adjectival use (1784), "of low or worthless character."