scapegrace

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/ ˈskeɪpˌgreɪs /

noun

a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.

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Origin of scapegrace

First recorded in 1800–10; scape2 + grace
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scapegrace
/ (ˈskeɪpˌɡreɪs) /

noun

an idle mischievous person

Word Origin for scapegrace

C19: from scape ² + grace, alluding to a person who lacks God's grace
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