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blackguard

[blag-ahrd, -erd, blak-gahrd] /ˈblæg ɑrd, -ərd, ˈblækˌgɑrd/
noun
1.
a low, contemptible person; scoundrel.
2.
Obsolete.
  1. a group of menial workers in the kitchen of a large household.
  2. the servants of an army.
  3. camp followers.
verb (used with object)
3.
to revile in scurrilous language.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; black + guard; original sense obscure
Related forms
blackguardism, noun
blackguardly, adverb
Synonyms
1. scamp, rascal, rapscallion, rogue, devil, villain. 3. berate, vilify.
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British Dictionary definitions for blackguardly

blackguard

/ˈblæɡɑːd; -ɡəd/
noun
1.
  1. an unprincipled contemptible person; scoundrel
  2. (as modifier): blackguard language
verb
2.
(transitive) to ridicule or denounce with abusive language
3.
(intransitive) to behave like a blackguard
Derived Forms
blackguardism, noun
blackguardly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: originally a collective noun referring to the lowest menials in court, camp followers, vagabonds; see black, guard
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Word Origin and History for blackguardly

blackguard

n.

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."

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