One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child; a rascal.
scoundrel, rogue, villain, rascal, good-for-nothing, wretch, ne'er-do-well, unprincipled person, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer, charlatan, cheat, swindler, fraudsterView synonyms
- ‘Tom Jones probably prompted Richardson to offer the virtuous hero, Grandison, as a response to Fielding's scapegrace.’
- ‘Dave Nash showed up in town, a stranger in a bad way, having a three-week bender with the local scapegrace, Bill Schell.’
- ‘And Julie's roistering scapegrace of a brother, Tony, could be no one other than John Barrymore.’
- ‘Her husband, John Hall, is decent and dull, which Tuck Milligan doesn't mitigate: Rafe, the would-be lover, is decent and torn, to which Armand Schultz adds wooden; Trent Dawson plays Lane as a standard scapegrace.’
- ‘Although Byron had cultivated a reputation as a fighter and scapegrace at Harrow, he could not allow his former tutor, a mere commoner, to define him.’
Early 19th century: from scape (see scapegoat) + grace, literally denoting a person who escapes the grace of God.
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