Definitions

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  • noun historical (US) A violence-prone man who has had run-ins with the law; especially one from the Old West days of U.S. history.

Etymologies

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bad + man

Examples

  • He began to wish that his property might be attacked, feeling secure in his alertness, thinking that an over bold "badman" might come suddenly to the end of his depredations here.

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  • Steve 'badman' Hessel (Community Relations Manager):

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  • Steve 'badman' Hessel (Community Relations Manager):

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  • Steve 'badman' Hessel (Community Relations Manager):

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  • Steve 'badman' Hessel (Community Relations Manager):

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  • The protagonists of these films violated a number of cultural taboos in the way they embodied the "badman" ethos-a mode of self-presentation

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  • Does this sound a little like "fear mongering"? badman

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  • The worst of the lot was Sam Brown, a Texas-born badman who literally cut a broad swathe through Texas, California, and Nevada—his favorite weapon was the bowie knife—leaving a reputed sixteen victims in his wake.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • By the time Sam sat down to share a cup of coffee with the famous badman at Rocky Ridge Station, he had comically inflated the real Slade into an outsized bogeyman for the purposes of underlining their argument over a last cup of coffee.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

  • A badman named Jack Harris, passing by on horseback, stopped to welcome them to the city.

    LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

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