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Friday, February 24, 2017

Definitions for scapegrace

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

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Citations for scapegrace
Tommy Bangs was the scapegrace of the school, and the most trying little scapegrace that ever lived. As full of mischief as a monkey, yet so good-hearted that one could not help forgiving his tricks ... Louisa May Alcott, Little Men, 1871
There was a mark of dignity, of silent power, on this tall scapegrace of a son of Hilary Vane that the railroad president had missed at first--probably because he had looked only for the scapegrace. Winston Churchill, Mr. Crewe's Career, 1908
Origin of scapegrace
Scapegrace literally means “one who has escaped or avoided God’s grace.” It derives from the archaic verb scape or ’scape “to escape.” The word entered English in the early 19th century.