And so reported The New York Times in an 1877 book review about 17th-century scoundrel James II of England.
Given a choice between the scoundrel and the scold, who might the people go for?
But all too often, as Samuel Johnson famously pointed out, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Having just been burned by a scoundrel, I naturally was skeptical, and I Googled the caller and his resort.
"I'm sorry but 'My comments were taken out of context' is the last resort of a scoundrel," says Sykes.
I'll go straight to Mr. Mellish, and tell him what you've said, you scoundrel!
You are to receive the money, and share it with the scoundrel who intends to filch it from me.
It was thought the scoundrel had sailed for England under an assumed name.
Sir, I should like to court-martial the scoundrel who left that gas escaping!
Well, personally I fail to see why Fagin is any more of a scoundrel than some of these other fellows in gilt epaulets.
1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-French escoundre (Old French escondre) "to hide, hide oneself," from Vulgar Latin *excondere, from Latin condere "to hide" (see abscond). The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.