rascality


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ras·cal·i·ty

 (răs-kăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ras·cal·i·ties
1. Behavior or character typical of a rascal.
2. A base or mischievous act.

rascality

(rɑːˈskælɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
mischievous, disreputable, or dishonest character, behaviour, or action

ras•cal•i•ty

(ræˈskæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. rascally or knavish character or conduct.
2. a rascally act.
[1570–80]

Rascality

 the low mean people, 1577;—Johnson, 1755.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rascality - the trait of indulging in disreputable pranks
mischievousness, naughtiness, badness - an attribute of mischievous children
2.rascality - the quality of being a slippery rascalrascality - the quality of being a slippery rascal
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
3.rascality - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in othersrascality - reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
blaze, hell - noisy and unrestrained mischief; "raising blazes"
monkey business - mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism - willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

rascality

noun
Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts:
Informal: shenanigan (often used in plural).
Translations
References in classic literature ?
It's not treachery nor rascality nor stupidity: it is just as at Ulm.
Very likely," said Sancho; "for her beauty bewildered me as much as her ugliness did your worship; but let us leave it all to God, who alone knows what is to happen in this vale of tears, in this evil world of ours, where there is hardly a thing to be found without some mixture of wickedness, roguery, and rascality.
A pack of ragged Portuguese muleteers crowded around us, offering their beasts at half a dollar an hour--more rascality to the stranger, for the market price is sixteen cents.
Their rascality and general dubiousness was so transparent that he could not understand how any one could be taken in by them.
But I soon give up that notion for two things: she'd be mad and disgusted at his rascality and ungratefulness for leaving her, and so she'd sell him straight down the river again; and if she didn't, everybody naturally despises an ungrateful nigger, and they'd make Jim feel it all the time, and so he'd feel ornery and disgraced.
My confidence was further restored by Captain Harris; ever a gross ruffian, with no refinements to his rascality, he had been at the brandy bottle after Rattray's example; and now was dozing on the latter's bed, taking his watch below when he could get it, like the good seaman he had been.
Tulliver to lose the suit about the right of road and the bridge that made a thoroughfare of his land for every vagabond who preferred an opportunity of damaging private property to walking like an honest man along the highroad; all lawyers were more or less rascals, but Wakem's rascality was of that peculiarly aggravated kind which placed itself in opposition to that form of right embodied in Mr.
The only difference between them was, that Mrs Squeers waged war against the enemy openly and fearlessly, and that Squeers covered his rascality, even at home, with a spice of his habitual deceit; as if he really had a notion of someday or other being able to take himself in, and persuade his own mind that he was a very good fellow.
For the first time that morning the Fynes saw the front door of the awful house open and the objectionable young man issue forth, his rascality visible to their prejudiced eyes in his very bowler hat and in the smart cut of his short fawn overcoat.
Put every engine of the law in force, every trick that ingenuity can devise and rascality execute; fair means and foul; the open oppression of the law, aided by all the craft of its most ingenious practitioners.
Never did Monsieur de Sartines have spies more intelligent and less expensive, or minions who showed more honor while displaying their rascality of mind.
The common dock is also widely disseminated, and will, I fear, for ever remain a proof of the rascality of an Englishman, who sold the seeds for those of the tobacco plant.