dastardly


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das·tard·ly

 (dăs′tərd-lē)
adj.
Cowardly and malicious; base.

das′tard·li·ness n.

dastardly

(ˈdæstədlɪ)
adj
mean and cowardly
ˈdastardliness n

das•tard•ly

(ˈdæs tərd li)

adj.
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking: a dastardly act.
[1560–70]
das′tard•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dastardly - despicably cowardly; "the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"- F.D. Roosevelt
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

dastardly

adjective (Old-fashioned) despicable, mean, low, base, sneaking, cowardly, craven, vile, abject, sneaky, contemptible, underhand, weak-kneed (informal), faint-hearted, spiritless, recreant (archaic), caitiff (archaic), niddering (archaic) He described the killing as a dastardly act.

dastardly

adjective
Translations

dastardly

[ˈdæstədlɪ] ADJruin, vil

dastardly

dastardly

[ˈdæstədlɪ] adj (old) → vile
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Diverted from his object by this interruption, and maddened by the murder he had just witnessed, Magua buried his weapon in the back of the prostrate Delaware, uttering an unearthly shout as he committed the dastardly deed.
You want whipping for bringing us in here at all, with your dastardly puling tricks: and - don't look so silly, now
He was a coward, from head to foot; and showed his dastardly nature through his sullenness and mortification, as much as at any time of his mean life.
Erskine's next drama may be about liberty, but its Patriot Martyrs will have something better to do than spout balderdash against figure-head kings who in all their lives never secretly plotted as much dastardly meanness, greed, cruelty, and tyranny as is openly voted for in London by every half-yearly meeting of dividend-consuming vermin whose miserable wage-slaves drudge sixteen hours out of the twenty-four.
It was not possible for Arthur Donnithorne to do anything mean, dastardly, or cruel.
We had left both law and equity on the other side of the Cape; and unfortunately, with a very few exceptions, our crew was composed of a parcel of dastardly and meanspirited wretches, divided among themselves, and only united in enduring without resistance the unmitigated tyranny of the captain.
And as for the grandmother, what could be more comical, yet more dastardly, than the sending of telegram after telegram to know if she is dead?
His accession to the throne, or rather his usurpation of the sovereignty, a hundred and seventy-one years before the coming of Christ; his attempt to plunder the temple of Diana at Ephesus; his implacable hostility to the Jews; his pollution of the Holy of Holies; and his miserable death at Taba, after a tumultuous reign of eleven years, are circumstances of a prominent kind, and therefore more generally noticed by the historians of his time than the impious, dastardly, cruel, silly, and whimsical achievements which make up the sum total of his private life and reputation.
The ugliest things were being said of Beaufort's dastardly manoeuvre, and his failure promised to be one of the most discreditable in the history of Wall Street.
An audacious burglary and dastardly assault have been committed on the premises of the City and Suburban Bank in Sloane Street, W.
Such is the history--not as it is usually told, but as it is when stripped of the nauseous sentimentality that would enshrine for our loving worship a dastardly seducer like Pierre Abelard.
He despised Griffiths for his apologies, he had no patience with his prickings of conscience: one could do a dastardly thing if one chose, but it was contemptible to regret it afterwards.