swinish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj swinish resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy "piggish table manners","the piggy fat-cheeked little boy and his porcine pot-bellied father","swinish slavering over food"
    • adj swinish ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance "was boorish and insensitive","the loutish manners of a bully","her stupid oafish husband","aristocratic contempt for the swinish multitude"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Swinish Of or pertaining to swine; befitting swine; like swine; hoggish; gross; beasty; as, a swinish drunkard or sot. "Swinish gluttony."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swinish Befitting swine; like swine; gross; hoggish; brutal; beastly: as, a swinish drunkard or sot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Swinish swī′nish like or befitting swine: gross: brutal
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world.”

Usage

In literature:

You don't suppose fellows like Boltke or Immelmann or Richthoven would have done such a swinish thing?
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
The swinish Jews, however, show the impurity of their minds everywhere.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
He who would paint the conditions must portray something swinish.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
His furious little swinish eyes blinking through the blood which dripped over them, he hurled himself straight onward.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Fill your swinish skins with liquor, and trouble me no more this day.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The swinish feast in preparation re-echoes thoughts of ample provisions so vital to this distant land.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Many of the carriages were occupied by the swinish multitude, and others by a multitude of swine.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
Men become swinish before women who are unconscious of their unlovely transformation.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
The swinish multitude is respectfully informed by its own servants that it may see something it has paid for.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
The "swinish multitude," as a term of reproach, in these days of ours is gradually becoming less and less in vogue.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
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In poetry:

Yours was that bitterest mortal fate,
No choice save thirst or swinish trough:
Love's self but offered sensuous bait,
Or virtuous scoff.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
From swine and swinish drunkards run,
(As erst ran Luke's repentant son)
Unto thy Sire without delay,
Ere by the plague thou'rt swept away.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
Fill all the air with hungry wails -
"Reward us, ere we think or write!
Without your Gold mere Knowledge fails
To sate the swinish appetite!"
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
The sacred page my state describes
From volatile and reptile tribes;
From ugly vipers, beauteous birds;
From soaring hosts, and swinish herds.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
As 'tis the nature of the swinish kind,
To tear the turf, and nuzzle in the mire:
So man by nature is to earth inclin'd,
And does not to celestial bliss aspire.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Nor can blame cling to thee; the snow
From swinish footprints takes no staining,
But, leaving the gross soils of earth below,
Its spirit mounts, the skies regaining,
And unresentful falls again,
To beautify the world with dews and rain.
"To Lamartine" by James Russell Lowell