from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The practices of a scoundrel; baseness; turpitude; rascality.

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  • noun The practices or conduct of a scoundrel; baseness; rascality.

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  • noun The dishonest activities of a scoundrel.


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scoundrel +‎ -ism


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  • Dictionary defined knave, a scoundrel; sneakup, a scoundrel; rascal, a scoundrel; loon, a scoundrel; lout, a scoundrel; poltroon, a scoundrel; and that he coined the word scoundrelism '(Boswell's Hebrides, Aug. 25,

    Life of Johnson

  • His hero, supposed to be a paragon of virtue, is capable of things you would call scoundrelism to-day.

    The New Theology

  • Even this, though fairly craftsmanlike in treatment, is banal enough in idea -- that idea being merely that jealousy, in both sexes, survives love, shame, and everything else, even community in scoundrelism -- in other words, that the green-eyed monster (like "Vernon" and unlike "Ver") _semper viret_.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • The municipal governments of our country, and especially that of New York, were an exhaustless quarry from which specimens of every kind of scoundrelism were drawn and used in building up an ideal structure of American life; corruption, lawlessness, and barbarism being its most salient features.

    [Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White

  • "Well, Harry," replied the old fellow after a pause, "he's a d-- d scoundrel, no doubt; but as his scoundrelism is his own, I don't see why we should hesitate to avail ourselves of it.

    The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two

  • Nothing would please this Bulmer better than to fight through his rogueries — he knows very well, that he who can slit a pistol-ball on the edge of a penknife, will always preserve some sort of reputation amidst his scoundrelism — but I shall take care to stop that hole.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Then, with an intuitive scoundrelism, or Machiavelism, surprising in one of my age, I went and stood in the door, and looked about me in the rooms, though I saw nothing; for both mind and eyes hovered about that fateful green cloth.

    The Magic Skin

  • His autobiography, MEMOIRES ECRIT PAR LUI MEME (in twelve volumes), has been described as ‘unmatched as a self-revelation of scoundrelism.’

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Issoudun, whose surface bravado is checked and mated by the cooler scoundrelism of Philippe; Agathe, the foolish mother, whose eyes are blind to the devotion of her son Joseph; and Girondeau, the old dragoon, companion to Philippe who casts him off as soon as prosperity smiles and he has no further need for him.


  • But even corporate and shock-jock scoundrelism and blowhard columnists tilting at straw men couldn't keep up with the sensational baby and animal photographs that dominated print and television.

    Another Shark Washes Up In the Hamptons


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  • The voters abide a mild bounderism

    But will they endure outright scoundrelism?

    Mistaken election

    May bring on reflection

    And maybe a morsel of sounder wisdom.

    August 20, 2018