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SCOUNDREL. An opprobrious title given to a person of bad character. General damages will not lie for calling a man a scoundrel, but special damages may be recovered when there has been an actual loss. 2 Bouv: Inst. n. 2250; 1 Chit. Pr. 44.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Consequently, the men appear to be symbolically emasculated by their feelings for the opposite sex, as can be seen in Romeo's phrase, "O sweet Juliet, Thy beauty hath made me effeminate / And in my temper softened valour's steel!," which recalls Heyst's self-justifying complaint to Lena that, "only two months ago [...] I would have defied their scoundrelism [...] But now I have you!" (Romeo 3.1.113-15; Victory 263).
Conrad demonstrates--as Panichas, drawing upon Irving Babbitt's concept of the "law of measure," makes clear--that the political and moral folly of the revolutionaries does not free Razumov from the demands of his own conscience: Under Western Eyes portrays the process of moral discovery in the face of confusion, scoundrelism, anarchism.
The great cities reek with respectable as much as non-respectable robbery and scoundrelism. In fashionable life, flippancy, tepid amours, weak infidelism, small aims, or no aims at all, only to kill time.