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    a man who is a bad man

    How do native speakers say a man who is a bad man? Would you use "rogue"?

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    How do native speakers say a man who is a bad man? What do native English speakers call a bad man? Would you use "rogue"?
    'Rogue' is one possibility. There are dozens of others; here are a few:

    blackguard - cad - cheat - crook - deceiver - double-dealer - heel - knave - malefactor - mischief-maker - miscreant - rapscallion - rascal - renegade - reprobate - scalliwag - scamp -schemer - scoundrel - shark - skunk - swindler - varlet -wrongdoer

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    1. Which of the above is more popular nowadays?
    2. Is it natural to call a bad youth as "jerk"?
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 23-Mar-2017 at 10:27.

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    #4

    Re: a man who is a bad man

    It all depends on the context. In what way was that person bad? What did he/she do?

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    There are too many degrees and kinds of badness to make any generalisations.

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    If the man is really devoid of scruples, morals, decency or honesty, the word 'trump' springs to my mind,

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It all depends on the context. In what way was that person bad? What did he/she do?
    They deceive, steal and rob.

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    They deceive, steal and rob.
    That person is a cheat, liar, thief, crook, criminal. There isn't one specific word for someone who does those kinds of things. Of the list that Rover suggested in post #2, I wouldn't use heel, rascal, scalliwag, or scamp, because they don't really suggest the serious criminal nature of his behaviour.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a man who is a bad man

    And I wouldn't use jerk, which implies that someone is an idiot rather than a crook.

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