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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blackguard  \Black"guard`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blackguarded}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Blackguarding}.] 
  To  revile  or  abuse  in  scurrilous  language.  --Southey. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blackguard  \Black"guard\,  a. 
  Scurrilous;  abusive;  low  worthless;  vicious;  as  blackguard 
  language. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blackguard  \Black"guard\,  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.] 
 
  A  lousy  slave,  that  .  .  .  rode  with  the  black  guard 
  in  the  duke's  carriage,  'mongst  spits  and  dripping 
  pans.  --Webster 
  (1612). 
 
  2.  The  criminals  and  vagrants  or  vagabonds  of  a  town  or 
  community,  collectively.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  A  person  of  stained  or  low  character,  esp.  one  who  uses 
  scurrilous  language,  or  treats  others  with  foul  abuse;  a 
  scoundrel;  a  rough. 
 
  A  man  whose  manners  and  sentiments  are  decidedly 
  below  those  of  his  class  deserves  to  be  called  a 
  blackguard.  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  A  vagrant;  a  bootblack;  a  gamin.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blackguard 
  n  :  someone  who  is  morally  reprehensible;  "you  dirty  dog"  [syn: 
  {cad},  {bounder},  {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"  [syn:  {ridicule},  {guy}, 
  {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}, 
  {shout}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  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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