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scapegrace

Syllabification: scape·grace
Pronunciation: /ˈskāpɡrās
 
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Definition of scapegrace in English:

noun

archaic
A mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child; a rascal.
Example sentences
  • Her husband, John Hall, is decent and dull, which Tuck Milligan doesn't mitigate: Rafe, the would-be lover, is decent and torn, to which Armand Schultz adds wooden; Trent Dawson plays Lane as a standard scapegrace.
  • Dave Nash showed up in town, a stranger in a bad way, having a three-week bender with the local scapegrace, Bill Schell.
  • Tom Jones probably prompted Richardson to offer the virtuous hero, Grandison, as a response to Fielding's scapegrace.

Origin

early 19th century: from scape (see scapegoat) + grace, literally denoting a person who escapes the grace of God.

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