rascality

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rascal +‎ -ity.

Noun[edit]

rascality (countable and uncountable, plural rascalities)

  1. Rascals collectively; the rabble, the masses.
  2. The behavior of a rascal; the quality of being a rascal.
    • 1860, George Eliot, Mill on the Floss, Book III, Chapter VII,
      On an a priori view of Wakem's aquiline nose, which offended Mr. Tulliver, there was not more rascality than in the shape of his stiff shirt-collar, though this too along with his nose, might have become fraught with damnatory meaning when once the rascality was ascertained.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 7, [1]
      The verdict of the sea quid nuncs has been cited only by way of showing what sort of moral impression the man made upon rude uncultivated natures whose conceptions of human wickedness were necessarily of the narrowest, limited to ideas of vulgar rascality,—a thief among the swinging hammocks during a night-watch, or the man brokers and land-sharks of the sea-ports.
    The two of them engaged in all kinds of rascality in college.

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