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Negative ConnotationPlay
Scoundrel is always negative, suggesting that the person is not just bad, but also tricky or deceitful. SlideThe scoundrel tricked the whole town into investing in his fake business.
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Historical UsePlay
In historical or classic literature, 'scoundrel' is often used to describe deceitful men with no honor. SlideIn the novel, the charismatic scoundrel ultimately faced justice for his crimes.
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While it's not vulgar, 'scoundrel' is informal and might not be suitable in a professional context. SlideMy brother called the dishonest salesman a scoundrel after he lied about the car's condition.