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rascality

Definitions

  • "'You young rascal!'"
    "'You young rascal!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rascality reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
    • n rascality the quality of being a slippery rascal
    • n rascality the trait of indulging in disreputable pranks
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'" "'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rascality The poorer and lower classes of people. "The chief heads of their clans with their several rascalities"
    • Rascality The quality or state of being rascally, or a rascal; mean trickishness or dishonesty; base fraud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rascality Low or mean people collectively; rascals in general; rascaldom: now used chiefly in the moral sense. See rascal, a., 2.
    • n rascality The character or an action of a rascal; the quality of being a rascal; low or mean trickery; base or dishonest procedure; villainy; fraud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rascality mean trickery or dishonesty: fraud: villainy: the rabble
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I am bewitched with the rogue's company. If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    Joseph%20De%20Maistre
    “I do not know what the heart of a rascal may be, but I know what is in the heart of an honest man; it is horrible.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Next to the prosperity of a good person, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. racaille, scum of the people, through Low L. forms from L. radĕre, rasum, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

She says it is a slippery rascal.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
I've had to drive them off a time or two; the rascals laughed at me.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
He knew that this was so, and he told himself that he was a rascal.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
You are become a covetous rascal, but I'll put up with you.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Indeed, the rascals were working the game for all it was worth in the way of a total blind, until the moment when they intended to open up.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
The rascal has used the merest cord to cut himself off.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Rascal that you are, a good purge is the thing.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Oh, I hope those rascals don't do anything more to harm you!
"The Rover Boys in the Air" by Edward Stratemeyer
I was determined to follow my uncle's advice and play the rascal at his own game.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Why, that rascal was going to run you through with his sword!
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
The old rascal's taken a dislike to me, and I'd be afraid he'd give me a sneaky bite, or claw me.
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
I went, and a rascal rushed on me and demanded my private papers.
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill
He has been up to some rascality, I suppose?
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
The four rascals had been taken completely by surprise.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
After this detectives were sent out to find the two young rascals.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
People that can't beat me and take advantage of me and work money out of me by their rascally schemes!
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Narrate the circumstances, and quickly, for, for all I know, the rascal may be even now continuing the attempt.
"With Joffre at Verdun" by F. S. Brereton
An oily old rascal, he.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Here these noisy, quarrelsome young rascals stayed to gossip, idle, and fight.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The rascalities of Rasputin were unparalleled, even in Russia.
"Rasputin the Rascal Monk" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

"They call you rascal?
They called me worse.
You'd do grand things, sir,
But lack the purse?
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Then mayst thou joy and be right glad,
Although in woe I seem to moan,
Thy father is no rascal lad,
A noble youth of blood and bone;
His glancing looks, if he once smile, Right honest women may beguile.
"A Sweet Lullaby" by Nicholas Breton
Were this signior but known to the citizen fops,
He'd keep their fine wives from the foremen o'their shops;
But the rascals deserve their horns should still grow
For burning the Pope and his nephew, Dildo.
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
We know what rascal might has defiled,
The lofty innocence that it has slain,
Were we not born in the peasant's cot
Where men forgive if the belly gain?
More dread the life that we live,
How can the mind forgive?
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
Star of the North, thou art not bigger
Than is the diamond in my ring;
Yet every black, star-gazing nigger
Stares at thee, as at some great thing!
Yes, gazes at thee, till the lazy
And thankless rascal is half crazy.
"Slaveholder's Address To The North Star" by John Pierpont
"There, you old devil, that's what you really deserve,
For you and your rascally rebels ought to starve";
Then the party rode off, laughing at the mischief that was done,
Leaving the poor widow to mourn and her only son.
"The Nithsdale Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Rascal Flatts' Changed Tour must be one juggernaut of a party, because the trio isn't coming off the road anytime soon.
Rascal Flatts are scheduled to release their eighth studio album "Changed," on April 3rd.
Five years after Dizzee Rascal 's stark, revolutionary Boy in da Corner, he and the grime genre he helped popularize are struggling through an awkward growing phase.
94.9 KYSS FM is proud to welcome Rascal Flatts to Missoula on Friday, January 25.
On last night's (Dec. 3) performance episode of 'The Voice,' pop rocker Cassadee Pope tackled the Rascal Flatts' track 'Stand' as her first song.
Changed,' the new single from Rascal Flatts, feels more personal than anything the trio has released up to this point in their decade-plus long career.
Rascal Flatts' self-titled debut album set up what would become the group's undeniable breakthrough album in 2002.
LeVox's voice has a quality of adolescent yearning that's so damned sincere it's hard to dismiss, and, among the quartet of albums the three li'l rascals have released, there are a dozen memorable tunes.
The Rascal 's blades are designed for maximize acceleration, top speed, and grip.
Rascal Flatts gets their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
Rascal Flatts Gets Ready For Summer Tour.
Rascal Flatts' New Album "Changed" In Stores Today.
Rascal Flatts - "Changed".
Rascal Flatts new single is the titled cut from their latest album 'Changed'.
Rascal Flatts Invited to Join Grand Ole Opry.
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In science:

Rascal: Calculation of graph similarity using maximum common edge subgraphs.
MUDOS-NG: Multi-document Summaries Using N-gram Graphs (Tech Report)
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