1. in a despicable, ignoble manner
    this new leader meanly threatens the deepest values of our society
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How To Use scurvily In A Sentence

  • Damascus, 463 and see what hath become of the cook whose sweetmeats we ate and whose head we broke, for indeed he was kind to us and we entreated him scurvily. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • We are come off but scurvily from our second attempt upon St. Malo; it is our last for this season; and, in my mind, should be our last forever, unless we were to send so great a sea and land force as to give us a moral certainty of taking some place of great importance, such as Brest, Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman
  • I replied that, as he had treated us so scurvily, even forbidding his people to sell us any food, if he did not bring us a fowl and some eggs as part of his duty as a chief, he should receive no present from me. Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
  • He was no sooner disengaged, than he betook himself to his heels, and left me to maintain the dispute as I should think proper; and, indeed, I came off but scurvily, for, before I could avail myself of my speed, I received a blow on the eye, from one of the other two, that had well nigh deprived me of the use of that organ. The Adventures of Roderick Random
  • Then what signifies calling every moment upon the devil, and courting his friendship, since you find how scurvily he uses you. The Vicar of Wakefield
  • You do not thank me for using your rival so scurvily nor are not jealous of him, though your father thinks my intentions were not handsome towards you, which methinks is another argument that one is not to be one's own judge; for I am very confident they were, and with his favour shall never believe otherwise. Letters from Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple (1652-54)
  • It's my firm conviction that Griffiths is a rogue, and that he treated me quite scurvily yesterday. A SON OF THE SUN
  • The next day Voltaire saw his man in prison with irons on and praying an alms from the passers-by, and so asked him whether he still thought as scurvily of an archbishop in Voltaire
  • The Prince treated me very scurvily, Alfred, and I shall take an opportunity of telling him so on Monday. The Way We Live Now
  • 'See but the different way in which things strike people! however, it is not very pretty in you, Camilla, to praise him for treating me so scurvily. Camilla
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