Definitions

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  • adj. Wicked, villainous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wicked; villainous.
  • n. A wicked man; a villain; a criminal.

Etymologies

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From Latin sceleratus.

Examples

  • The first was entitled: "_Refutatio Samaritani Interim_, in quo vera religio cum sectis et corruptelis scelerate et perniciose confunditur -- Refutation of the Samaritan Interim, in which the true religion is criminally and perniciously confounded with the sects."

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Et quidem, si maxime nulla unquam prava cogitatio in corde hominis corrupti exoriretur, si nullum verbum otiosum proferretur, si nullum malum opus aut facinus designaretur: tamen natura nihilominus corrupta est per originate peccatum, quod nobis ratione corrupti seminis agnatum est, quod ipsum etiam scaturigo est omnium aliorum actualium peccatorum, ut sunt pravae cogitationes, prava colloquia, prave et scelerate facta.

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • crimine te potui demeruisse meo. unum in me scelus est, quod te, scelerate, recepi,

    Phyllis to Demophoon

  • mersa foret cana naufraga puppis aqua; saepe deos adiens, ut tu, scelerate, ualeres,

    Phyllis to Demophoon

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  • "'...that infernal Borgia Pope,' of 'the infamous Alexander,' 'that scoundrel Julius Caesar' and now worst of all 'the scelerate Buonaparte.'"

    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 67

    March 10, 2008