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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Example sentences
He shouldn't worry: those dastardly immigrants will be there to look after him.
There's nothing evil or dastardly about insurers doing this.
Traditionally, science fiction goes for a sense of wonder with exotic aliens and nifty rocket ships and dastardly villains.
Yes, our enemies use and know how to use modern means of communication to plan, coordinate and carry out their dastardly deeds.
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