• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dastardly despicably cowardly "the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"- F.D. Roosevelt"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dastardly Meanly timid; cowardly; base; as, a dastardly outrage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dastardly Characterized by gross cowardice; meanly timid; base; sneaking.
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In literature:

Yet little did he dream of the dastardly way in which the bully would try to get even.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Years ago he lost his choicest friend by the stab of just such a little dastard lying in ambush.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
For this dastardly outrage I fancy that no person was ever brought to book.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
Brutus was a dastard, an ingrate, a coward and a murderer, and no pretense of patriotism can save him from the contempt and condemnation of mankind.
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
It only remained for him to follow his dastardly plan and to avoid Siegfried's wrath.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
The dastard emperor again bought them off with money and freedom to ravage Burgundy, Paris being finally rescued by Count Eudes.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
One man, however, had been on the alert for some dastardly act of the dwarf.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
To so accuse Tom Cameron of heartless and dastardly treachery!
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
Theophilus was a perfect adept at this dastardly species of warfare.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
His impulse was immediately to summon Felgate, and mete out to him exemplary chastisement for his dastardly act.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

For, who forgives the accursed crime
Of dastard treachery?
Rebellion, in its chosen time,
May Freedom's champion be;
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
They misnamed this place a land of freedom,
Yet command you to submit to your cursed lot;
But the coward who bows down to class oppression
Is a dastard in your ranks, and should be shot.
"Men Of Color, Do Your Duty" by Robert C O Benjamin
Her Cain-branded foes! How they crawl in the valley,
And creep o'er the hills, in their dastardly fear!
Afraid, lest their victim should suddenly waken
And blast them for e'er with a womanly tear!
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken

THERE'S a Sampson, lying, sleeping in the land,
He shall soon awake, and with avenging hand,
In an all unlooked for hour,
He will rise in mighty power;
What dastard can his righteous rage withstand?
"The Black Sampson" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard
Now, men, to sword and shield and horn!
'Twas bad enough that we were born;
But he is free to go whose fright
Makes him too dastardly to fight,
And if there is someone foresworn,
Let him avoid our sight!
"Decebal to his people" by George Cosbuc
We will not believe it; Kentucky, the land
Of a Clay, will not tamely submit to the brand
That disgraces the dastard, the slave:
The hour of redemption draws nigh, is at hand,
Her own sons her own honor shall save!
"Joe Johnston" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

Spring is the ideal time to work on your lawn and those dastardly dandelions .
'The Adjustment Bureau' review: Dapper dastards pose a threat in 'Inception'-like Damon thriller.
Charleston GOP head discovers dastardly Republican Convention plot.
'The Walking Dead' Dissection: Robert Kirkman Says Shane Isn't a ' Dastardly Villain'.
On That Dastardly Saddam-al Qaeda Connection.
Dick Durbin's Dastardly Plan for Your Debit Card.
Trying to Understand Dastardly Acts.
'The Walking Dead' Dissection: Robert Kirkman Says Shane Isn't a 'Dastardly Villain'.
It seemed a dastardly deed — destroying the display of a devoted Democrat.
"Our aim, to swat liars and leeches, hypocrites & humbugs, demagogs & dastards" — The Yellow Jacket Moravian Falls, N.C. At last, I guess, some good news for Lee Enterprises, if you can believe press releases.
But it suffers from being the second animated movie this year to feature a dastardly villain for a hero.
Crash Mr Toad's motor car into a hedge, make those dastardly weasels dance and drive Mole from his hole with a new interactive iPad app based on classic children's novel "The Wind in the Willows".
A dastardly trio assaulted a 65-year-old cab driver on Meserole Street on July 23.
Undead in Studio Z brings you dastardly and demeaning sounds of heavy metal .
"Our aim, to swat liars and leeches, hypocrites & humbugs, demagogs & dastards" — The Yellow Jacket Moravian Falls, N.C. Ed Kemmick (warning: Gazette link) rends the final shred of my faith in mainstream media.