# Word for the Day



Someone who’s dastardly is a scoundrel or a cowardly bad guy. The villain in a fairy tale is almost always dastardly.


Use the adjective dastardly to describe a person or action that’s underhanded and mean. Criminals, pirates, and bullies are all frequently called dastardly. An unprovoked military strike is also often described as dastardly, referencing President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous 1941 speech after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which he called an “unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan.” In the 1500s, dastardlymeant “dull,” from the now-obsolete dastard, “one who is lazy or dull.”



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