Definition of Dastard

1. Noun. A despicable coward.

Generic synonyms: Coward
Derivative terms: Dastardly



2. Adjective. Despicably cowardly. "The unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"
Exact synonyms: Dastardly
Similar to: Cowardly, Fearful
Derivative terms: Dastardliness

Definition of Dastard

1. n. One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon.

2. a. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly.

3. v. t. To dastardize.

Definition of Dastard

1. Noun. A malicious coward; a dishonorable sneak. ¹

2. Adjective. meanly shrinking from danger, cowardly, dastardly ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dastard

1. a base coward [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dastard

1. One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon. "You are all recreants and dashtards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility." (Shak) Origin: Prob. From Icel. Daestr exhausted. Breathless, p. P. Of daesa to groan, lose one's breath; cf. Dasask to become exhausted, and E. Daze. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Dastard

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1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"Fly to crush the dastard foe, CHORDS—To the fray, &c. IT. Onward, then, our stainless banner, Let it kiss tiie stripe and star, Till in weal and woe united ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"There is no man so pusillanimous, so very a dastard, whom love would not incense, make of a divine temper, and an heroical spirit. As he said in like case, ..."

3. The Anatomy of melancholy v. 3 by Robert Burton (1875)
"... so very a dastard, whom love would not incense, make of a divine temper, and an heroical spirit As he said in like case, *Tota mal cedi moles, ..."

4. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1901)
"... h miself a dastard, because forsooth he fought with н dub, and not ut the .... dastard ..."

5. The Lusiad: Or, The Discovery of India: an Epic Poem by Luís de Camões, William Julius Mickle (1809)
"... starting from his seat, Claim'd every eye, and closed the cold debate,: Singling his brothers from the dastard train, ..."

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