Definition of scoundrel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskoundrəl/


A dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue.
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?
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



Pronunciation: /ˈskoundrəˌlizəm/
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.’


Pronunciation: /ˈskoundrəlē/
Example sentences
  • Look no further than the scoundrelly bookseller and publisher to Oscar Wilde who described himself as a dealer in ‘smut’.


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: scoun·drel

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