scoundrel 1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-Fr. escoundre (O.Fr. escondre) "to hide, hide oneself," from V.L. *excondere, from L. condere "to hide" (see ABSCOND (Cf. abscond)), The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.

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