blackguard

[ blag-ahrd, -erd, blak-gahrd ]SEE DEFINITION OF blackguard
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLACKGUARD

He meets me at the station, and wants me to go straight home and blackguard Betty.

Then you have to choose between being unhappy or being a blackguard.

Blackguard is a harsh word; but what other will express the idea?

He had entered the shop at eight o'clock that morning a blackguard as well as a vagabond.

"We shall have to get rid of the blackguard at any price," said Pierre in a gloomy tone.

He declared that those "blackguard vegetables" were wild, mad, sublime!

I didn't think I had a blackguard for a son, who was a fool into the bargain.

But the blackguard was—was—well, he was not and never had been.

He'll blackguard you mortal, and the Dempster himself is past it.

The provost's men are beating the country for the blackguard.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, scullion, kitchen knave. Perhaps once an actual military or guard unit; more likely originally a mock-military reference to scullions and kitchen-knaves of noble households, of black-liveried personal guards, and of shoeblacks. By 1736, sense had emerged of "one of the criminal class." Hence the adjectival use (1784), "of low or worthless character."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BLACKGUARD

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nounrotten, lowly animate being
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