Definitions

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  • n. Blackguardly behaviour or language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The conduct or language of a blackguard; ruffianism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The conduct or language of a blackguard; ruffianism.

Etymologies

From blackguard + -ism. (Wiktionary)

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  • "It will all be an infernal lie, of course, but the case will look black enough to the world. I'm not talking hot air, my friend. I happen to know every detail of the hellish contrivance, and I can tell you it will be the most finished piece of blackguardism since the Borgias."
    - John Buchan, 'The Thirty-Nine Steps'.

    August 28, 2009