rogues' gallery

noun

: a collection of pictures of persons arrested as criminals
also : a collection or list likened to a rogues' gallery

Example Sentences

a rogues' gallery of dictators a rogues' gallery of deadly viruses
Recent Examples on the Web Then there’s the rogues' gallery of antagonistic Norse gods working with Odin to bring about Ragnarök. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2022 Benoit Blanc must contend with a rogues' gallery of suspects, each with secrets of their own. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2022 In a year the Joker would push plain-clothes villains to the side and set a new template for the hero's over-the-top rogues' gallery. Oliver Sava, EW.com, 8 Mar. 2022 Carnage post-credits scene suggests that Hardy's Venom may be joining that rogues' gallery and also popping up in No Way Home — or potentially another film down the line. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 1 Oct. 2021 The show works hard to embed its main characters in a down-to-earth setting — but almost nothing about Superman's classic rogues' gallery is down to earth. Darren Franich, EW.com, 24 Feb. 2021 Their lineup is a rogues' gallery of local dirt-rock luminaries: Hannah Hazard and Madalyn Garcia of Lil Tits, Adam Luksetich of Foul Tip, and Ryan Wizniak of Meat Wave. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, 16 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rogues' gallery was in 1859

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“Rogues' gallery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rogues%27%20gallery. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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rogues' gallery

noun
: a collection of pictures of persons arrested as criminals
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