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swinish

[swahy-nish]
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adjective
  1. like or befitting swine; hoggish.
  2. brutishly coarse, gross, or sensual.

Origin of swinish

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at swine, -ish1
Related formsswin·ish·ly, adverbswin·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for swinish

Historical Examples

  • The swinish Jews, however, show the impurity of their minds everywhere.

    Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II

    Martin Luther

  • When you see a man who reminds you of a hog, be assured he has swinish habits.

  • He's as obstinate as a pig, but that's the only swinish thing about him.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • Fill your swinish skins with liquor, and trouble me no more this day.

    The Pirate Woman

    Aylward Edward Dingle

  • We are all now under what Burke called "the hoofs of the swinish multitude."

    Man And Superman

    George Bernard Shaw


Word Origin and History for swinish

adj.

c.1200, from swine + -ish. Related: Swinishly; swinishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper