dastardliness

dastardly

[das-terd-lee]
adjective
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking: a dastardly act.

Origin:
1560–70; dastard + -ly

dastardliness, noun
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dastardly (ˈdæstədlɪ)
 
adj
mean and cowardly
 
'dastardliness
 
n

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dastardly
1560s, "showing despicable cowardice," originally "dull," from M.E. dastard.
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