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 for blackguard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blackguard \Black"guard`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blackguarded;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Blackguarding.]
     To revile or abuse in scurrilous language. --Southey.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blackguard \Black"guard\, a.
     Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as, blackguard
     language.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blackguard \Black"guard\ (bl[a^]g"g[aum]rd), n. [Black + guard.]
     1. The scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a
        nobleman's household, who, in a removal from one residence
        to another, had charge of the kitchen utensils, and being
        smutted by them, were jocularly called the "black guard";
        also, the servants and hangers-on of an army. [Obs.]
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              A lousy slave, that . . . rode with the black guard
              in the duke's carriage, 'mongst spits and dripping
              pans.                                 --Webster
                                                    (1612).
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     2. The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a town or
        community, collectively. [Obs.]
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     3. A person of stained or low character, esp. one who uses
        scurrilous language, or treats others with foul abuse; a
        scoundrel; a rough.
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              A man whose manners and sentiments are decidedly
              below those of his class deserves to be called a
              blackguard.                           --Macaulay.
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     4. A vagrant; a bootblack; a gamin. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  blackguard
      n 1: someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog" [syn:
           cad, bounder, blackguard, dog, hound, heel]
      v 1: 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" [syn: ridicule,
           roast, guy, blackguard, laugh at, jest at, rib,
           make fun, poke fun]
      2: use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the
         policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother
         shouted at the teacher" [syn: abuse, clapperclaw,
         blackguard, shout]

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  BLACKGUARD, n.  A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box
  of berries in a market -- the fine ones on top -- have been opened on
  the wrong side.  An inverted gentleman.
  

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