scoundrel

[skoun-druhl]
noun
1.
an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.
adjective
2.
mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.

Origin:
1580–90; origin uncertain


1. scamp, rapscallion, miscreant. See knave.
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scoundrel (ˈskaʊndrəl)
 
n
a worthless or villainous person
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'scoundrelly
 
adj

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scoundrel
1589, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-Fr. escoundre (O.Fr. escondre) "to hide, hide oneself," from V.L. *excondere, from L. condere "to hide" (see abscond), The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.
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Example sentences
The scoundrel who killed her made good his escape eight full hours before the
  police had any knowledge of the crime.
In public life or private life, that is a word a scoundrel will not utter.
Some scoundrel placed a telegraph pole across the track, which caused the
  disaster.
Try to insult other people with acrimonious fancy talk is the last refuge of
  the coward scoundrel.
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