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scoundrelly

[skoun-druh-lee] /ˈskaʊn drə li/
adjective
1.
having the character of a scoundrel; unscrupulous; villainous.
2.
of or like a scoundrel.
Origin of scoundrelly
1780-1790
1780-90; scoundrel + -ly
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  • More likely some scoundrelly old Dogson long ago found sanctuary in this sort of place.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • If Robeckal had a hand in the affair then it can only be a scoundrelly one!

  • I occupied an hour in relating some of the injuries I had received from this scoundrelly fellow.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But, sir, surely you would not pander to a scoundrelly taste?

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • I saw what a fool I had been to trust the scoundrelly Indian even as much as I had.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • That scoundrelly young Larkin—do you say that he did not bring you a note from me?

  • She had guessed nothing of the scoundrelly duplicity that had marked his first advances toward her.

    The Mucker Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • His scoundrelly partner had immured his father in this horrible place.

    Motor Matt's Daring Rescue Stanley R. Matthews
  • He had traded on his resemblance to me to get money and do all manner of scoundrelly actions.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Zounds, they are scoundrelly vermin, more venomous than ugly.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas

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