Scoundrel Scoun"drel, n. [Probably from Prov. E. & Scotch scunner, scouner, to loathe, to disgust, akin to AS. scunian to shun. See {Shun}.] A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a villain; a man without honor or virtue. [1913 Webster]

Go, if your ancient, but ignoble blood Has crept through scoundrels ever since the flood. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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