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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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.
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.
It's a hateful thing to believe," he said, "that any one wearing his Majesty's uniform could ever play such a dastardly part.
My view of it," he flamed out, bringing his clenched hand down upon the table as if he had been in a public house dicing with blackguards--"my view of it is that it was a characteristically dastardly assassination by that damned traitor, Washington, and his ragamuffin rebels
How he was to abandon the woman who had trusted him, without seeing his own dastardly conduct dragged into the light of day, was more than he yet knew.
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.
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.
Here is an astounding and absolutely inexplicable murder, committed in a most dastardly fashion by a person who appears to have vanished from the face of the earth.
The wretched tool who was at hand to be the agent of this dastardly plot was one Tyckelaer whom we have already mentioned, a surgeon by profession.
After exhausting all the resources of fraud and falsehood, during years upon years; after exhibiting a combination of dastardly meanness with ensanguined daring, such as the world has not often witnessed; you have now the hypocrisy to bend the knee before the most degraded of mankind, and to sue and whine and howl for mercy