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Below you will find the definition of dastardly, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - despicably cowardly
EXAMPLES - Dastardly in a Sentence
- Inkatha denied involvement in what it called a dastardly attack. (source)
- "I'm obviously some kind of dastardly serial killer type," he joked. (source)
- Even then it doesn't mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. (source)
- Even then, it doesn't mean that there was some kind of dastardly affair. (source)
- "I admit it is a bit of a dastardly deed, but our situation is desperate." (source)
- I wouldn't call her dastardly, but there's a good bit of cruelty to the narrator of (source)
- "Another dastardly deed performed in the light of the midnight sunstone," Grundy said. (source)
- And now people are leaning towards putting these same dastardly characters back in power. (source)
- FINALLY, he's talked Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and "some kind of dastardly affair". (source)
- Carter called Wilson's comment "dastardly" and said the president should be treated with respect. (source)
- The Phantom Bullet, scourge of the underworld, faces off against a dastardly band of Head Hunters. (source)
- "Those soldiers will do some dastardly deed to us if we don't get away from here fast," she pointed out. (source)
- These dastardly acts have not only been tragedies of untold proportions for those who have suffered or perished. (source)
- I forgot what he said because he talks like a retard so I was cracking up but it was some kind of dastardly plan. (source)
- We intend to show his adulterous and lustful nature, which has culminated in a dastardly deed and jeopardized his neck. (source)
- "dastardly" and part of an "inherent feeling" held by some in this country who feel that a black man should not be president. (source)
- Carter called Wilson's comment "dastardly" and an aftershock of racistviews that have permeated American politics for decades. (source)
- Carter called Wilson's comment "dastardly" and an aftershock of racist views that have permeated American politics for decades. (source)
- In the beginning, I revised my stories to delete every one of those dastardly intruders and replace them with strong nouns and verbs. (source)
- Q: Which one of these participants in the world-famous "Wacky Races" will cheat in a "dastardly" manner to get ahead and win the race? (source)
- By hysterically hyped claims of "green" energy subsidy-seekers promising salvation from a dastardly CO-2 menace and foreign oil dependence. (source)
- The first news came to us the night after the dastardly deed, the telegraph operator having taken it from the wires while in transmission to General Meade. (source)
- Before learning that the student had stepped forward, Fox called the incident a "dastardly" event that marked a "dark day in the history of this university." (source)
- My suspicion, and you can dismiss this as special pleading from a Macmillan employee if you like, is that this reflects confusion more than any kind of dastardly plan. (source)
- Pitt tells the magazine for its Jan. 20 issue that filming continued after he and Aniston split, and that his relationship with Jolie wasn't "some kind of dastardly affair." (source)
- If and when there is a US attack on Iran, you can bet the pretext for it will be some act by Iran that the US media will present as a "dastardly" attack on innocent US forces. (source)
- In turn, liberal columnist Dahlia Lithwith, writing for the online magazine Slate, said Breyer's musings did not "amount to some kind of dastardly liberal anti-free-speech conspiracy." (source)
- British Ambassador to Afghanistan William Patey said that what he called a "dastardly, cowardly attack designed to attack British interests" had instead caused the deaths of many Afghans (source)
- The servant William had been described by his fellow footman Thomas as potential "cannon fodder", but Fellowes insists that this is the view of only one man, and a "dastardly" one at that. (source)
- Racing was aghast, taking some convincing that this was not some kind of dastardly BBC plot: in fact, the final 10 are compiled after consultation with newspaper and magazine sports editors. (source)
- As Alexandra township outside Johannesburg on Wednesday braced itself in fear of another night of violence, the national government condemned what it called "dastardly" attacks on foreigners. (source)
- Last we saw Chuck Bass, he was so determined to bust up Blair's wedding ah, young love that he told some malevolent priest from Monaco that he'd revert back to his dastardly scheming ways to do it. (source)
- But bad teeth had obliged him to make his start on stage playing the villain, where he could hide his mouth behind his hand in dastardly asides or make his exits and entrances with his cape up around his nose. (source)
- Crist took umbrage at McCollum's accusation that the change will allow "dastardly" criminals to have the right to make laws by voting and gain access to people's homes by getting licensed for jobs such as exterminators. (source)
- Carter specifically said that Wilson's comment was "dastardly" and part of an "inherent feeling" held by many Americans -- particularly Southerners -- that African-Americans "are not qualified to lead this great country." (source)
- In my experience I have been obliged to look upon many cruel scenes in connection with Indian warfare on the Plains since that day, but the effect of this dastardly and revolting crime has never been effaced from my memory. (source)
- Poor solemn Ned isn't much of one for bluffing against his dastardly enemies, especially the evil Queen Cersei, who lays out the series' theme and title as she warns him, When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. (source)
- But do not accelerate it; thou wilt not be called dastardly if thou honorably preservest thy life -- and Erinnys,  with her murky tempest, enters not the dwelling where the gods receive a sacrifice from the hands [of the inmates]. (source)
- No sooner have I celebrated the Republican retreat on the gambit to make "forcible rape" -- whatever that meant -- one of the few exceptions for federal funding of abortions than a new, more dastardly threat to women's right to choose arises. (source)
- The nice thing about bellowing that the insurance reform bill passed by Congress is unconstitutional - and the fruit of some kind of dastardly undemocratic process - is that, like this guy, you don't have to trouble yourself over what's actually in the bill, or what it will in fact do in the real world. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "dastardly" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 10 synonyms for dastardly.
base, contemptible, cowardly, craven, despicable, low, mean, pusillanimous, underhanded, vile
We have 3 antonyms for dastardly.
honorable, respectable, worthy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of dastardly from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Cowardly and malicious; base.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) in the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous
- (adjective) treacherous; given to backstabbing
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Meanly timid; cowardly; base.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Characterized by gross cowardice; meanly timid; base; sneaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) despicably cowardly