a mean, ill-tempered, troublemaking, or evil person.
a vicious animal.
an inveterate criminal.
“Aeromonas happens to be a bug that has a particular capacity here that makes it a bad actor,” said Schaffner.
Necrotizing Fasciitis: How ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ Strike Casey Schwartz May 13, 2012
People said openly he was a bad actor and that he was finished in Hollywood.
Is Adrian Grenier a Good Enough Actor to Play a Bad One? Touré November 23, 2008
But I make a bad actor, and artistic effects can go to the devil for all I care.
The Romantic Lady Michael Arlen
“I’m afraid the Chestnut’s a bad actor,” Dixon said to Allis, after the race.
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
A bad actor means a man whose actions are bad or morally reprehensible.
What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
If I am a bad actor I take the results of it without plaint.
I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
But I guess he’d be what Sam calls a ‘bad actor’ in a fight.
The Major Ralph Connor
Andrew was a bad actor and she was not misled by his clumsy indifference.
Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
I can give a good imitation of a bad actor but, doubtless, I should give a very bad imitation of a good one.
Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
The other reasons are that he’s suspected of being a bad actor.
The Garden of Eden Max Brand
A malicious or deceitful person
A habitual criminal
A vicious animal (1900+)
- Bad apple
a discontented, troublemaking, or dishonest person: In any group of average citizens there are bound to be a few bad apples. Contemporary Examples The Republican Party will blame the culture of corruption on one bad apple named Jim Greer and move on. Sleaze and Scandal in the Sunshine State GOP John Avlon February 11, 2013 […]
disintegration or dissolution of bacteria. Historical Examples This is the mode of action of the anti-substances in the case of a haemolytic or bacteriolytic serum. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various Of these the most important are (a) bacteriolytic or lysogenic action, (b) agglutinative action, and (c) opsonic action. Encyclopaedia […]
(of a person) difficult to deal with; mean-tempered; touchy. distinctively tough or powerful; so exceptional as to be intimidating. a mean-tempered troublemaker. Contemporary Examples Oh, and a badass clip of how terrifying the dragons have become. Watch HBO’s Epic ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Trailer (VIDEO) Kevin Fallon February 9, 2014 “Courtney Ames tries to […]
- Bad bank
noun a financial institution set up to hold and manage underperforming assets owned by other banks Contemporary Examples He was talking about the “bad bank” concept being bandied about in Washington at the time. Top Seven Attention-Hungry Doomsayers Duff McDonald February 10, 2009 Until the extent of “bad bank” assets are counted and valued, taxpayers […]