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Related to scoundrelly: holding back, Pertaining to, reacquainted
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Briefly, the structure of the piece is typical of the period with rakish scoundrelly sons (here Matt Flowerdale) who did manage to come good in the end.
So here was this virtuous husband behaving in a splendidly scoundrelly fashion, and no one even noticed.
Scoundrelly patriots called her a traitress, the godly called her godless,
under your scoundrelly Yankee influence, the negroes grow worse and worse every season.
No one ventured to sift the scoundrelly treason of Conseil, to ask the cause of the sudden change of politics regarding Spain; and yet all know the means of attaining the truth, and the persons who possess it.
Cobbett is in the proximity of the Scottish "scoundrelly feelosofers' who preached up a doctrine tending to cause the people of England to be treated like cattle" (RR III, 801).