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scapegrace

[skeyp-greys] /ˈskeɪpˌgreɪs/
noun
1.
a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.
Origin of scapegrace
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; scape2 + grace
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Examples from the Web for scapegrace
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  • It may be that after this lapse of time, the Judge even tolerates the scapegrace.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Could the scapegrace still be a gambler, and that could account for it?

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • Three people determined upon it must surely save the scapegrace!

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • Singular to say, he was indebted for the place to that scapegrace Hill.

  • Tommy Bangs was the scapegrace of the school, and the most trying scapegrace that ever lived.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • The truth is I was a good deal of a scapegrace when I left England.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • A scapegrace's record could always be laid bare when occasion served.

  • It was a nice thing to be told I was like this scapegrace,' he muttered.

    That Scholarship Boy Emma Leslie
  • “All in good time; coming presently,” returned the scapegrace, cheerfully.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • I might have known that scapegrace would have given me the slip!

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
British Dictionary definitions for scapegrace

scapegrace

/ˈskeɪpˌɡreɪs/
noun
1.
an idle mischievous person
Word Origin
C19: from scape² + grace, alluding to a person who lacks God's grace
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Word Origin and History for scapegrace
n.

1767, from scape (v.) + grace (n.); as if "one who escapes the grace of God." Possibly influenced by scapegoat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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