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  1. rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, gitnoun

    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"


  1. lowlifenoun

    An untrustworthy, despicable, or disreputable person, especially one suspected of being a criminal.

    They say all the lowlifes used to hang out at the docks and plot their despicable crimes, before being elected to public office.

  2. Etymology: low + life


  1. lowlife

    A low-life (or lowlife) is a term for a person who is considered morally unacceptable by their community. Examples of people society often labels low-lives include aggressive panhandlers, bullies, criminals, drug dealers, freeloaders, hobos, gangsters, people who make constant use of profanities, prostitutes, pimps, scammers, sexual abusers and thieves. Often, the term is used as an indication of disapproval of antisocial or destructive behaviors, usually bearing a connotation of contempt and derision. This usage of the word dates to 1911. The long-term origins of the ideas behind this in the Western world trace back to ancient times with the distinction of high culture associated with aristocracy at the top of the social hierarchy who were regarded in aristocrat-dominated society as compared with low culture associated with commoners at the bottom of the social hierarchy that included many impoverished people among them. In common usage, the term can also be used for people associated with adhering to low culture, or used to describe a crass, overly casual person who exhibit a lack of grace and refinement. In this sense, individuals do not necessarily need to be criminally destructive or hold ethically questionable views to qualify for the term. Similar terms used for the same type of person include the Australian/New Zealand term feral.


  1. lowlife

    A lowlife is a term used to describe a person who is considered morally unacceptable or dishonest by societal standards. These individuals often engage in or are associated with illegal activities, decadent behavior or bad habits, and generally lack the ethical or moral principles considered respectable in society. The term has a derogatory connotation, suggesting disapproval or contempt.


  1. Lowlife

    Lowlife was a Scottish alternative rock/dream pop band, active from 1985 to 1997. Although the group never obtained mainstream popularity, they developed a cult following that continues to this day.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lowlife in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lowlife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of lowlife in a Sentence

  1. Edward Hoagland:

    Animals used to provide a lowlife way to kill and get away with it, as they do still, but, more intriguingly, for some people they are an aperture through which wounds drain. The scapegoat of olden times, driven off for the bystanders sins, has become a tender thing, a running injury. There, running away is me: hurt it and you are hurting me.

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    B exacerbate
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