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ROGUE. A French word, which in that language signifies proud, arrogant. In some of the ancient English statutes it means an idle, sturdy beggar, which is its meaning in law. Rogues are usually punished as vagrants. Although the word rogue is a word of reproach, yet to charge one as a rogue is not actionable. 5 Binn. 219. See 2 Dev. 162 Hardin, 529.

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The rogue, like the artist and perhaps the gentleman, belongs to no class.
And the man who won it is a rogue, a rogue whom you ought not to have paid
The Rogue may surely claim two merits, at least, in the eyes of the new generation--he is never serious for two moments together; and he "doesn't take long to read.
said the leader, springing down from his reeking horse, and seizing the white rogue by the edge of his jerkin.
Defoe, no doubt, got the ideas for them from the stories of the rogues with whom he mixed in prison.
Through Siskiyou County and across high mountains, they came to Ashland and Medford and camped beside the wild Rogue River.
Supple to twist and turn as the Rogue has ever been, he is sufficiently rigid now; and not without much shuffling of attendant feet, and tilting of his bier this way and that way, and peril even of his sliding off it and being tumbled in a heap over the balustrades, can he be got up stairs.
Tom saw no reason why they should not make up this quarrel as they had done many others, by behaving as if nothing had happened; for though he had never before said to Philip that his father was a rogue, this idea had so habitually made part of his feeling as to the relation between himself and his dubious schoolfellow, who he could neither like nor dislike, that the mere utterance did not make such an epoch to him as it did to Philip.
We speak to those rogues in French, English, German, and Latin, and not one of them has the politeness to answer
Passports are only good for annoying honest folks, and aiding in the flight of rogues.
So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were, they took them all away, and left her plenty of plates and dishes.
My public servants have been fools and rogues from the date of your accession to power," replied the State; "my legislative bodies, both State and municipal, are bands of thieves; my taxes are insupportable; my courts are corrupt; my cities are a disgrace to civilisation; my corporations have their hands at the throats of every private interest - all my affairs are in disorder and criminal confusion.