Definition of scoundrel in English:

scoundrel

Syllabification: scoun·drel
Pronunciation: /ˈskoundrəl
 
/

noun

  • A dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue.
    More example sentences
    • Blaming the masses for electing ‘rogues, scoundrels and even worse’ to power, it went on to express no confidence in any of the political parties.
    • His book is populated with scoundrels, megalomaniacs, psychopaths, manipulators and sadists - people he happens to find interesting.
    • How long must the majority of the Scottish people continue to elect such deceitful scoundrels and charlatans who masquerade as champions of the working class in our country?
    Synonyms
    rogue, rascal, miscreant, good-for-nothing, reprobate; cheat, swindler, scam artist, fraudster, trickster, charlatan
    informal villain, bastard, beast, son of a bitch, SOB, rat, louse, swine, dog, skunk, heel, snake (in the grass), wretch, scumbag, scumbucket, scuzzball, sleazeball, sleazebag, ratfink
    informal, dated hound
    dated cad
    archaic blackguard, knave, varlet, whoreson, picaroon

Derivatives

scoundrelism

Pronunciation: /-ˌlizəm/
noun
More example sentences
  • The great cities reek with respectable as much as non-respectable robbery and scoundrelism.
  • The author of one of the nation's early art histories commented that ‘New Yorkers make too much money to care whether their city is given over or not to scoundrelism.’

scoundrelly

adjective
More example sentences
  • Look no further than the scoundrelly bookseller and publisher to Oscar Wilde who described himself as a dealer in ‘smut’.

Origin

late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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