from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Resembling or befitting swine.
- adj. Bestial or brutish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Like a pig, resembling a swine; gluttonous, coarse, debased.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to swine; befitting swine; like swine; hoggish; gross; beasty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Befitting swine; like swine; gross; hoggish; brutal; beastly: as, a swinish drunkard or sot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling swine; coarsely gluttonous or greedy
- adj. ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
Burke's phrase of "the swinish multitude," applied to mobs, was then in every body's mouth; and, accordingly, after my brother had recovered from his first astonishment at this audacious mutiny, he made us several sweeping bows that looked very much like tentative rehearsals of a sweeping _fusillade_, and then addressed us in a very brief speech, of which we could distinguish the words _pearls_ and _swinish multitude_, but uttered in a very low key, perhaps out of some lurking consideration for the two young strangers.
While the foreigner speaks and writes of superstition, of heathenism, of abominable rites now passing away, the native Hindu press is equally emphatic in its condemnation of what it calls the swinish indulgence of the Anglo-Saxon, his beer-drinking and his gluttony, his craze for money and material power, his disgust at philosophy and all intellectual aspiration, his half-savage love for the chase and the destruction of animal life.
And yet the car was apparently pretty easy to drive—according to the lucky, swinish few who have driven them.
Martin SkeggWilliam Morris spoke of catering "to the swinish luxury of the rich", something that the five-star hotel has been doing since the words Savoy and Ritz entered the lexicon as bywords for opulence.
[UK Parliament, 1741-2] (1c) [...] among all manner of bovine, swinish and feathered cattle.
And you can bet that 37% reflects a lot of women who are browbeaten by their swinish husbands into liking Limbaugh.
The swinish drunkenness in which I had lived for months (this was accompanied by the sense of degradation and the old feeling of conviction of sin) was the last and best, and I could see for myself what it was worth.
I abandoned myself to the life, and developed the misconception that the secret of John Barleycorn lay in going on mad drunks, rising through the successive stages that only an iron constitution could endure to final stupefaction and swinish unconsciousness.
I waited for the skies to part and a lightning bolt to strike the swinish miscreant dead on the spot.
“A humble childhood skill that proved most useful,” I said, scratching away to the accompaniment of blissful swinish grunting.
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