scoundrel


scoundrel

noun

  1. an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.

adjective

  1. mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.

noun

  1. a worthless or villainous person

n.1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-French escoundre (Old French escondre) “to hide, hide oneself,” from Vulgar Latin *excondere, from Latin condere “to hide” (see abscond). The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.

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