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Definition of dastardly

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

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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

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a dastardly attack on innocent civilians his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life
Recent Examples on the Web In posts on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, he is being falsely portrayed as the creator of COVID-19, as a profiteer from a virus vaccine, and as part of a dastardly plot to use the illness to cull or surveil the global population. Marc Tracy, BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Gates, at odds with Trump on virus, becomes a right-wing target," 17 Apr. 2020 Nobody has an appetite for dastardly plots right now. Kate Sidley, The New Yorker, "Batman Works from Home," 22 May 2020 The finale twist informs us that supposedly perfect Ben and allegedly dastardly Steve aren’t as different as Dead to Me previously hinted. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Who Died In The Dead To Me Season 2 Finale?," 12 May 2020 In all three violent instances, the perpetrators were killed for their dastardly deeds. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "We need to talk about rape on Outlander," 11 May 2020 Still, someone's got to save the world, and Banks rose to the occasion, taking on a nanoscientist (Ian McShane) whose dastardly scheme involves disabling the world's defense systems for his own evil gain. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on HBO while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 4 Apr. 2020 But the thing about Bachelor Nation now is that, even in the face of obvious dastardly behavior, things are complicated. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, "The Sun Has Set On Bachelor Villains & Brutal Producer Edits — Peter’s Season Is Proof," 12 Mar. 2020 Yet another poster, this one by Strobridge, depicts Kellar against a deep blue and vibrant orange backdrop, linking arms with a dastardly figure, probably Mephistopheles, as the duo drink red wine. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazing Poster Art From the “Golden Age” of Magic," 4 Mar. 2020 That promise has been central to the Senator’s campaign vow of non-association with the dastardly rich. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Warren’s Super PAC Pivot," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dastardly

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dastardly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dastardly. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dastardly

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


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Kids Definition of dastardly

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

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