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He’s a scoundrel. Don’t trust him.
  someone without moral principles
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  • He’s a scoundrel. Don’t trust him.
  • He is the most intolerable scoundrel on the face of the earth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Dmitri Karamazov is a scoundrel, but not a thief.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • After all this long journey, and after all we’d done for them scoundrels, here it was all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that, and make him a slave again all his life, and amongst strangers, too, for forty dirty dollars.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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  • "Is this where you tell me that I’m a scoundrel, and I say that I think you like me because I’m a scoundrel?
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • "Watch your tongue, you scoundrel!" shouted a farmer, catching sight of Kit’s flustered face.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • OSKAR SCHINDLER HAS BEEN CALLED MANY names: scoundrel, womanizer, war profiteer, drunk.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • When the going got tough, patriotism became the last refuge not of the scoundrel but of the genuinely committed soldier.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • What I knew about Bilbo was not even particularly redeeming—he would remain a first-class scoundrel until the tumor strangled off his breath or its excrescence flooded through the portals of his brain—but it had at least allowed me to perceive human bones and dimensions through the papier-maché stock villain from Dixie.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That scoundrel over there is Hippias, former tyrant of Athens.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • And with luck, the disappearance of one would be put down to random thievery; there were plenty of villainous-looking scoundrels hanging about the fairground and the games.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She shouldn’t be letting that scoundrel in her house.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Chloroform the scoundrel," he roars madly.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Disgrace the whole regiment because of one scoundrel?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Oh, the scoundrels!" cried Passepartout, who could not repress his indignation.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • This man might, after all, be a greater scoundrel than you have thought possible.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The only drawback is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • "Then I become gentle and humble—to your great astonishment—because I’m the worst scoundrel living."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The man was a danger to the community, an unmitigated scoundrel for whom there was neither pity nor excuse.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • ’You are a set of deceitful scoundrels!’ he said, turning to the others.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • This scoundrel is your ticket to freedom.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Stand up when you see a lady, you contemptuous scoundrel.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ’What’s your name, you hardened scoundrel?’ demanded Mr. Fang.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He wasn’t any different from the rest of those scoundrels you see on TV today except he preached in synagogues and he wasn’t so smooth-talkin’.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • This scoundrel Hades is no good.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • You want that old scoundrel?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • THE VISCOUNT: Base scoundrel!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • "And let me have none of your tricks here," said Mr. Trabb, "or you shall repent it, you young scoundrel, the longest day you have to live."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The sums are the scoundrel’s share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • This scoundrel, who is BOOK SECOND.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Braggarts and rogues, dogs and scoundrels, drive them out, Harry Potter, see them off!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • One Sunday morning Napoleon appeared in the barn and explained that he had never at any time contemplated selling the pile of timber to Frederick; he considered it beneath his dignity, he said, to have dealings with scoundrels of that description.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • She thought that some of them had been laying violent hands on me; and, not daring to attack her master, she turned her vocal artillery against the younger scoundrel.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • They had a hard time on the passage; there was an agent who helped them, but he proved a scoundrel, and got them into a trap with some officials, and cost them a good deal of their precious money, which they clung to with such horrible fear.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • To put it bluntly: a scoundrel will still be a scoundrel behind barbed wire.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • For how can a silly piece like yourself tell a good man from a scoundrel?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Then when her ready cash was gone, had come Who Flung to denounce his predecessor as a scoundrel and took up around the house himself.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Do I sound like a scoundrel?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Then, in addition to these concealed or public, secret or open wars, there were robbers, mendicants, Huguenots, wolves, and scoundrels, who made war upon everybody.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There’s a smooth, oily scoundrel running down the middle of the wide gray street throwing stones-He’s the one!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Granted, granted, I am a scoundrel, but she is a woman of a noble heart, full of sentiments, refined by education.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "You know I am a scoundrel, Jane?" ere long he inquired wistfully — wondering, I suppose, at my continued silence and tameness, the result rather of weakness than of will.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Now do you know, Mr. de Villiers, that this self-same scoundrel….
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Just remember that the founder of that family was Nat Taggart, the most notoriously anti-social scoundrel that ever lived, who bled the country white to squeeze a fortune for himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Archbishop knew that most of the priests of Peru were scoundrels.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • You young scoundrel, Algy, you must get out of this place as soon as possible.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • I was convinced that the scoundrel spoke of himself, and I saw my conviction reflected in Miss Dartle’s face.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "We shall see that, thou scoundrel!" said the Jesuit Baron de Thunder-ten-Tronckh, and that instant struck him across the face with the flat of his sword.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Even that legendary scoundrel William the Conqueror had a second nickname: "the Great Builder."
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Others of the sailors joined with them in this attempt, and a twisted turmoil ensued; while standing out of harm’s way, the valiant captain danced up and down with a whale-pike, calling upon his officers to manhandle that atrocious scoundrel, and smoke him along to the quarter-deck.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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