Meaning of “blackguard” in the English Dictionary

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"blackguard" in British English

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blackguardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈblæɡ.ɑːd/ /ˈblæɡ.əd/ us /ˈblæɡ.ɑːrd/ /ˈblæɡ.ɚd/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • But alas for all our romances, he was nothing but a loud, profane, offensive, old blackguard! 
  • I have had much fun out of these "tipsters," for they are deliciously impudent blackguards. 
  • Otherwise you might have carried to your grave the fear instilled into your soul by that blackguard. 
  • You tell me that you're not disgraced, and yet you are out at midnight with a young blackguard like that! 
  • You were a coward as well as a blackguard. 

(Definition of “blackguard” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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