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rascal

RAS'CAL, n.

A mean fellow; a scoundrel; in modern usage, a trickish dishonest fellow; a rogue; particularly applied to men and boys guilty of the lesser crimes, and indicating less enormity or guilt than villain.

I have sense to serve my turn in store, and he's a rascal who pretends to more.

RAS'CAL, a.

1. Lean; as a rascal deer.

2. Mean; low.



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RAS'CAL, n.

A mean fellow; a scoundrel; in modern usage, a trickish dishonest fellow; a rogue; particularly applied to men and boys guilty of the lesser crimes, and indicating less enormity or guilt than villain.

I have sense to serve my turn in store, and he's a rascal who pretends to more.

RAS'CAL, a.

1. Lean; as a rascal deer.

2. Mean; low.

RAS'CAL, a.

  1. Lean; as, a rascal deer.
  2. Mean; low. – Spenser.

RAS'CAL, n. [Sax. id. This word is said to signify a lean beast.]

A mean fellow; a scoundrel; in modern usage, a trickish dishonest fellow; a rogue; particularly applied to men und boys guilty of the lesser crimes, and indicating less enormity or guilt than villain. I have sense to serve my turn in store, / And he's a rascal who pretends to more. – Dryden.


Ras"cal
  1. One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also, a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer.

    [Obs.]

    He smote of the people seventy men, and fifty thousand of the rascal. Wyclif (1 Kings [1 Samuel] vi. 19).

    Poor men alone? No, no; the noblest deer hath them [horns] as huge as the rascal. Shak.

  2. Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base.

    "The rascal many." Spenser. "The rascal people." Shak.

    While she called me rascal fiddler. Shak.

  3. A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster.

    For I have sense to serve my turn in store,
    And he's a rascal who pretends to more.
    Dryden.

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Rascal

RAS'CAL, noun

A mean fellow; a scoundrel; in modern usage, a trickish dishonest fellow; a rogue; particularly applied to men and boys guilty of the lesser crimes, and indicating less enormity or guilt than villain.

I have sense to serve my turn in store, and he's a rascal who pretends to more.

RAS'CAL, adjective

1. Lean; as a rascal deer.

2. Mean; low.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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FOREIGN, a. for'an. [L. foris, foras.]

1. Belonging to another nation or country; alien; not of the country in which one resides; extraneous. We call every country foreign, which is not within the jurisdiction of our own government. In this sense, Scotland before the union was foreign to England, and Canada is now foreign to the United States. More generally foreign is applied to countries more remote than an adjacent territory; as a foreign market; a foreign prince. In the United States, all transatlantic countries are foreign.

2. Produced in a distant country or jurisdiction; coming from another country; as foreign goods; goods of foreign manufacture; a foreign minister.

3. Remote; not belonging; not connected; with to or from. You dissemble; the sentiments you express are foreign to your heart. This design is foreign from my thoughts. [The use of from is preferable and best authorized.]

4. Impertinent; not pertaining; not to the purpose. The observation is foreign from the subject under consideration.

5. Excluded; not admitted; held at a distance.

6. Extraneous; adventitious; not native or natural.

7. In law, a foreign attachment is an attachment of the goods of a foreigner within a city or liberty, for the satisfaction of a debt due from the foreigner to a citizen; or an attachment of the money or goods of a debtor, in the hands of another person.

A foreign bill of exchange, is a bill drawn by a person in one country, on his correspondent or agent in another, as distinguished from an inland bill, which is drawn by one person or another in the same jurisdiction or country.

Foreign plea, a plea or objection to a judge as incompetent to try the question, on the ground that it is not within his jurisdiction.

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