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Monday, April 19, 2010

Definitions for scapegrace

  1. A reckless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless; a rascal; a scoundrel.

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Citations for scapegrace
She intended to divide her fortune neither evenly nor proportional to need, but to ensure her own pleasure, bequeathing the bulk of it to her scapegrace nephew Rawdon Crawley, who had few virtues but much vitality; he amused her. Randy Cohen, New York Times Magazine
The Poggenpuhls consist of a widowed mother, three unmarried daughters, and two young soldier sons, one a model of rectitude and the other, Leo, a high-living scapegrace who, naturally, is everybody's favorite Dennis Drabelle, The Atlantic
Origin of scapegrace
1800-1810
Scapegrace is from scape (a variant of escape) + grace.
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