adjective das·tard·ly \-lē\

: very cruel : using tricks to hurt people

Full Definition of DASTARDLY

:  cowardly
:  characterized by underhandedness or treachery <a dastardly attack> <a dastardly villain>
das·tard·li·ness noun

Examples of DASTARDLY

  1. a dastardly attack on innocent civilians
  2. <his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life>

First Known Use of DASTARDLY


Synonym Discussion of DASTARDLY

cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage <a cowardly failure to stand up for principle>. pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage <the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility>. craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance <secretly despised her own craven yes-men>. dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous <a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians>.
DASTARDLINESS Defined for Kids


adjective das·tard·ly \ˈda-stərd-lē\

Definition of DASTARDLY for Kids

:  very mean and tricky <a dastardly deed> <They nabbed the dastardly traitor.>


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