Knave and Scoundrel


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Knave noun – A mean, evil, or unprincipled person.
Usage example: he plays the role of the duplicitous knave who tries to foil the play's hero

Scoundrel is a synonym for knave in rascal topic. In some cases you can use "Scoundrel" instead a noun "Knave", when it comes to topics like rogue, wretch, scamp. popular alternative
Nearby Words: knavery, knavish
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Scoundrel noun – A mean, evil, or unprincipled person.
Usage example: some scoundrel stole my wallet

Knave is a synonym for scoundrel in rogue topic. You can use "Knave" instead a noun "Scoundrel", if it concerns topics such as rascal, wretch, blackguard, scamp. archaic substitute
Nearby Word: scoundrelly
Synonyms for Scoundrel

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  • Red Right Hand It descends from the same Medieval Latin root as the English word Villain - villanus, which means... Farmhandnote (alternatively, scoundrel or knave).
  • Useful Notes / The House of Tudor He took the man aside and screamed at him for being a knave and a scoundrel, and, when Catherine cheerfully offered to intercede for him, Henry told her not to bother.
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