das·​tard·​ly | \ ˈda-stərd-lē How to pronounce dastardly (audio) \

Definition of dastardly

1 : cowardly
2 : characterized by underhandedness or treachery a dastardly attack a dastardly villain

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dastardliness noun

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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

Examples of dastardly in a Sentence

a dastardly attack on innocent civilians his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life

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Participants will be in the Victorian Parlor of the Storyteller’s Cottage, finding clues and solving riddles and codes to determine the identity of a dastardly murderer. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 6 July 2019 Reports have been that his slider remains as dastardly as ever. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Dinelson Lamet’s return set; Wil Myers back in lineup," 4 July 2019 Giphy Yesterday, Merriam-Webster, the dictionary company behind Scrabble's word bible, announced its latest dastardly plan to break up couples, friends, and families everywhere: Scrabble is adding 300 new words to its official players' dictionary. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Scrabble Launches New Plan to Break Up Couples Everywhere," 25 Sep. 2018 By Barry Meier If not for the dastardly backstory, this could have been a tale of marketing genius. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 The administration behaved as any coward would, by tucking tail and running from this dastardly practice. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Don't be distracted from the immigration crisis by Melania Trump's fake fashion choice | Jenice Armstrong," 21 June 2018 Whether explaining his dastardly plans to the audience or whispering sweet poison into Othello’s ear, this Iago’s manner is usually jocular and expository. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A Cool-Tempered ‘Othello’ for Warm Central Park Nights," 18 June 2018 The dastardly weed has been reported in several counties, including Middlesex County, Clarke County and Shenandoah County, reports Mathew Diebel of USA Today. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Towering, Toxic Plant that Causes Burns and Blindness Has Appeared in Virginia," 20 June 2018 Fortunately, Bird has faced such dastardly road blocks before. USA TODAY, "Inside 'Incredibles 2' major villain problem - and how director Brad Bird fixed it," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of dastardly

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dastardly

old-fashioned : very cruel : using tricks to hurt people


das·​tard·​ly | \ ˈda-stərd-lē How to pronounce dastardly (audio) \

Kids Definition of dastardly

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

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