from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. All scoundrels or scoundrel-like activities, considered as a group
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The domain or sphere of scoundrels; scoundrels, collectively; the state, ideas, or practices of scoundrels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Scoundrels collectively, or their ways or habits; scoundrelism.
Dragoons -- a handsome, dashing young giant of a cavalry officer, who had done excellent service against the French at Gravelotte, and who was now bent on joining that ill-fated Polish Legion which was for a while the receptacle into which was swept half the scoundreldom and half the honest adventurous spirit of young Europe.
A few months back, the discovery of diamonds had brought fame to this wind-swept wilderness, and fame had been immediately followed by the choicest collection of cosmopolitan scoundreldom that a mining "rush" had ever been responsible for.
All the scoundreldom of London seemed to have assembled for the occasion.
At the same time it was alarming to feel that you might be involved in that final blow up of the villains which must bring such scoundreldom to a close.
His jealously of Barfoot did not glance at Monica's attitude towards the man; merely at the man himself, whom he credited with native scoundreldom.
In the matter of scoundreldom there was not a pin to choose between them.
And meantime at the "Isthmian games" the hordes of scoundreldom who dwell at ease can enjoy themselves to their hearts 'content in their own dreadful way; they break out in their usual riot of foulness; they degrade the shape of man; and the burly moralists look on robustly, and say that it is good.
At all events, he did live to complete his gruesome feat; and he has given us, in a vivid pictorial way, such a picture of scoundreldom as should serve as a beacon to all men.
The avaricious trust their maxims, for trafficking in spiritual commodities; the superstitious, for substituting kisses upon images for the exercise of Christian virtues; the base fry of ambitious upstarts, for cloaking every act of scoundreldom with a veil of holiness.
Quashy's feelings at this point failed to find vent in words sufficiently expressive, so he relieved them to some extent by shaking his fist at scoundreldom in general, and grinding his teeth.
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