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Definition of "blackguard" [black•guard]

  • A thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel. (noun)
  • A foul-mouthed person. (noun)
  • To abuse verbally; revile. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "blackguard" in a sentence
  • ""Slegge is what you call a blackguard," cried Singh angrily."
  • "When a man has no longer anything but rags upon his body and vices in his heart, when he has arrived at that double moral and material degradation which the word blackguard characterizes in its two acceptations, he is ripe for crime; he is like a well-whetted knife; he has two cutting edges, his distress and his malice; so slang does not say"
  • "But if the victim was a blackguard, is the shooter entitled to claim provocation or self-defense or some other statutory excuse to reduce the charge to one of manslaughter or even a simple assault?"