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dastardly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dastardly

  1. having or showing a shameful lack of courage his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life Synonyms of dastardly chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, craven, cowardly, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], poltroon, pusillanimous, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellowWords Related to dastardly diffident, fainthearted, fearful, timid, timorous; afraid, frightened, scared; careful, cautious, wary; bashful, coy, shy; feeble, soft, unmanly, weakNear Antonyms of dastardly audacious, bold, brazen, cheeky, nervy; plucky, spirited, spunky; determined, resoluteAntonyms of dastardly brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, hardy, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, valiant, valorous

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

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