dastardly

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adjective das·tard·ly \-lē\

Definition of dastardly

  1. 1 :  cowardly

  2. 2 :  characterized by underhandedness or treachery a dastardly attack a dastardly villain

dastardliness

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Examples of dastardly in a Sentence

  1. a dastardly attack on innocent civilians

  2. his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life

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First Known Use of dastardly

1542

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

DASTARDLY Defined for English Language Learners

dastardly

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Definition of dastardly for English Language Learners

  • : very cruel : using tricks to hurt people


DASTARDLY Defined for Kids

dastardly

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adjective das·tard·ly \ˈda-stərd-lē\

Definition of dastardly for Students

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


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