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1. A thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel.
2. A foul-mouthed person.
tr.v. black·guard·ed, black·guard·ing, black·guards
To abuse verbally; revile.
black′guard·ly adj. & adv.
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a. an unprincipled contemptible person; scoundrel
b. (as modifier): blackguard language.
1. (tr) to ridicule or denounce with abusive language
2. (intr) to behave like a blackguard
[C16: originally a collective noun referring to the lowest menials in court, camp followers, vagabonds; see black, guard]
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black•guard(ˈblæg ɑrd, -ərd, ˈblækˌgɑrd)
1. a contemptible person; scoundrel.
2. a person who uses scurrilous language.
3. Obs. the kitchen workers in a large household.v.t.
4. to speak to or of in scurrilous language; revile.
black′guard•ly, adj., adv.
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Past participle: blackguarded
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|Noun||1.||blackguard - someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog"|
perisher - bounder
|Verb||1.||blackguard - subject to laughter or ridicule; "The satirists ridiculed the plans for a new opera house"; "The students poked fun at the inexperienced teacher"; "His former students roasted the professor at his 60th birthday"|
tease - mock or make fun of playfully; "the flirting man teased the young woman"
lampoon, satirise, satirize - ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal"
debunk, expose - expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas; "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
stultify - cause to appear foolish; "He stultified himself by contradicting himself and being inconsistent"
|2.||blackguard - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"|
slang - abuse with coarse language
revile, vilify, vituperate, rail - spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
lash out, attack, snipe, assail, assault, round - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
curse - heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"
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blackguard[ˈblægɑːd] n (old) (pej) → canaglia
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