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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SCOUN'DREL, noun [Latin abscondo. ]

A mean, worthless fellow; a rascal; a low petty villain; a man without honor or virtue.

Go, if your ancient but ignoble blood has crept through scoundrels ever since the flood.

SCOUN'DREL, adjective Low; base; mean; unprincipled.