scoundrel

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly related to northern English or Scottish scunner: "to shrink back in fear or loathing" (Encyclopædia Britannica 1911).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈskaʊ̯ndɹəl/

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scoundrel (plural scoundrels)

  1. A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a person without honour or virtue.
    • Alexander Pope
      Go, if your ancient, but ignoble blood / Has crept through soundrels ever since the flood.

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