rakishness


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Noun1.rakishness - the quality of a rake
dissoluteness, self-gratification, incontinence - indiscipline with regard to sensuous pleasures
2.rakishness - stylishness as evidenced by a smart appearance
chic, chicness, modishness, stylishness, swank, chichi, last word, smartness - elegance by virtue of being fashionable
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The aged rakishness of his appearance was set off by a youthful costume; he had disreputable grey hair and a disreputable sore, red nose; but the coat and the gesture, the outworks of the man, were still designed for show.
Of course a great deal of that, too, was superficial and an assumption of cynicism; of course there were glimpses of youth and freshness even in their depravity; but even that freshness was not attractive, and showed itself in a certain rakishness.
Smallweed with one of these admonitions, is particularly impressive and not wholly prepossessing, firstly because the exertion generally twists his black skull-cap over one eye and gives him an air of goblin rakishness, secondly because he mutters violent imprecations against Mrs.