The Italian word scoundrel, which can be translated as “robber”, arrived in Castilian as scoundrel. The term refers to a evil guy, cruel or ruffian.
Usually the idea of a scoundrel refers to someone who develops reprehensible behavior, either from an ethical or legal point of view. A scoundrel does the evil, commit crimes, etc.
For instance: “This morning I went to the bakery, I left my bicycle at the door for a few moments and a scoundrel stole it from me”, “I don’t want you to hang out with that scoundrel, he will lead you astray”, “The neighbors captured the scoundrel who was throwing stones at the cars”.
In several countries terms equivalent to mischief are used with similar meanings. In this sense we can find words like thug or scoundrel. Although it depends on the context and the region, a scoundrel, a scoundrel or a scoundrel is a subject who acts outside the law or whose behavior is questionable for moral or civil reasons.
He is known as a scoundrel, on the other hand, who was part of a free company or white company (an army of mercenaries) on the Middle Ages. Usually the notion of scoundrels mentions those who fought under the orders of Bertrand du Guesclin (or Beltran Duguesclín) supporting the forces of Henry II of Castile In the call First Castilian Civil War that spread between 1351 Y 1369.
The scoundrels used to be criminals and retired soldiers. In their actions they committed all kinds of excesses, with which they were feared.