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rake·hell

 (rāk′hĕl′)
n.
An immoral or dissolute man.

[Possibly by folk etymology from obsolete rackle, headstrong, from Middle English rakel, perhaps from raken, to go.]

rakehell

(ˈreɪkˌhɛl)
n
a dissolute man; rake
adj
profligate; dissolute
[C16: from rake1 + hell; but compare Middle English rakel rash]

rake•hell

(ˈreɪkˌhɛl)

n.
1. a licentious or dissolute man; rake.
adj.
2. Also, rake′hell`y. dissolute; profligate.
[1540–50; alter. by folk etym. (see rake1, hell) of Middle English rakel (adj.) rash, rough, coarse, hasty]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rakehell - a dissolute man in fashionable societyrakehell - a dissolute man in fashionable society
debauchee, libertine, rounder - a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
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For, from the brilliance of his mind, sprang one of the greatest cads in British literature, Sir Harry Paget Flashman (1822-1915)-proud brute, cheat, womaniser, jibbering coward, rakehell, who rode through the stench and blood of Victorian history, but always emerged triumphant and superbly dressed to collect his totally undeserved gongs.
One of the more recent analysts of the play has suggested that Everyman is a different kind of character altogether: the idle dandy or gallaunt, (22) who is conventionally a rakehell, a profligate country heir, a class-climber with courtly pretensions, or all of the above.
Franco himself came from a naval family--his paternal grandfather was an Intendente-General (equivalent to Vice Admiral) in the Corps of Naval Administrators; his maternal grandfather was a Rear Admiral in the Corps of Naval Constructors; his father, the rakehell and ne'er do well Don Nicolas, was an officer in the Corps of Naval Administrators, eventually to rise to the same rank as his own father--Intendente-General; and his brother Nicolas was an officer in the line who was eventually to rise to the rank of Admiral.
This is the background to a new challenge for Christopher Redmayne, professional architect turned amateur sleuth, and his friend the constable Jonathan Bale, after the body of one time Rakehell Gabriel Cheever is found beside the Thames.