from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that consistently behaves or reacts poorly: "Phosphorus is not the only bad actor in lake eutrophication” ( Chemical Week).
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That hissing-off plays a great part, and is an amusement which fills the house; but it is not the bad actor who is hissed, no, the author and the composer only are the criminals; for them the scaffold is erected.
Sergius Paullus obtruded himself on the scene with something of the air of a bad actor equipped in ill-fitting Roman dress.