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[skeyp-greys] /ˈskeɪpˌgreɪs/
a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.
Origin of scapegrace
1800-10; scape2 + grace Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • “Miss Dundas would have married me but for the return of your scapegrace son,” cried Ormsby, flashing out.

    The Scarlet Feather Houghton Townley
  • Could the scapegrace still be a gambler, and that could account for it?

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • He had been treated merely as a scapegrace debtor who had come to ask favours from an old friend.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • It was a nice thing to be told I was like this scapegrace,' he muttered.

    That Scholarship Boy Emma Leslie
  • A scapegrace's record could always be laid bare when occasion served.

  • “All in good time; coming presently,” returned the scapegrace, cheerfully.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • Probably the proceeding was quite as distasteful to the young Martineau as to the scapegrace.

  • A scapegrace is one thing, a scapegoat is another, and from some points a preferable one.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • I might have known that scapegrace would have given me the slip!

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • Lady Louisa concealed nothing of this from her scapegrace son.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for scapegrace


an idle mischievous person
Word Origin
C19: from scape² + grace, alluding to a person who lacks God's grace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scapegrace

1767, from scape (v.) + grace (n.); as if "one who escapes the grace of God." Possibly influenced by scapegoat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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