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[swahy-nish] /ˈswaɪ nɪʃ/
like or befitting swine; hoggish.
brutishly coarse, gross, or sensual.
Origin of swinish
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at swine, -ish1
Related forms
swinishly, adverb
swinishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The swinish Jews, however, show the impurity of their minds everywhere.

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

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • 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
  • She could love him, polluted and swinish in the low sinks of womankind.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Tribes that have swinish traits were destroyers there and will be destroyers here.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • To pursue pleasure, say the anti-utilitarians, is a swinish doctrine.

    John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works

    Herbert Spencer, Henry Fawcett, Frederic Harrison and Other Distinguished Authors
  • Thus the forty-seven ronin were pre-eminently "righteous" when they debauched themselves with every swinish vice.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • It disgusted the Romans beyond measure to witness the swinish excesses of the Germans.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)

    John Addington Symonds
Word Origin and History for swinish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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