A rogue is a sneaky person who has tricks up his sleeve, not like a magician, but like someone who would steal your wallet or cheat at cards.

Dishonesty won’t get you far in life, unless you are a rogue who survives by lying and exploiting others. The word comes from the Latin rogare, which means “beg,” and while some rogues dress like beggars to get your money, anyone who deceives is a rogue, like the presidents of corrupt corporations who steal from their employees, or that rogue Uncle Marvin who promises you chocolate for washing his car, but afterward tells you he has no chocolate. That rogue!

Definitions of rogue

n a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

knave, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, varlet
Type of:
scoundrel, villain
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately

adj disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority

insubordinate, resistant, resistive
defiant, noncompliant
boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

adj unusually large, unpredictable, and destructive

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