One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A collection of photographs of known criminals, used by police to identify suspects.
- ‘Starting in the mid-1850s, once daguerreotypes were widely available, police in Europe and America began creating ‘rogues' galleries’ and photo albums featuring known ‘criminals’ and ‘degenerates.’’
- ‘A rogues' gallery already existed in Moscow by 1867, preceded only by the Danzig collection of 1864.’
- 1.1 A collection of people or creatures notable for a certain shared quality or characteristic, typically a disreputable one.‘a rogues' gallery of bureaucrats and cold-hearted advocates of ‘progress’’
- ‘He presents them as such a conniving, scheming rogues' gallery of careerist and morally dishonest operators that one wonders how anyone could ever have taken them seriously.’
- ‘The actor gambled on playing one of the film's rogues' gallery of supporting players.’
- ‘There is little room for depth of character in a film as formally mercurial as this, so Scott has opted for a rogues' gallery of stereotypes, with just enough quirks to be interesting.’
- ‘Like any heroes worthy of the prefix ‘super,’ the Powerpuff Girls face a worthy rogues' gallery of villains.’
- ‘In attacking the Revolution, Burke constructed a rogues' gallery of French politicians, and placed alongside them quite a number of French thinkers.’
- ‘He has attracted quite a rogues' gallery of villains.’
- ‘The book is also a political genealogy as rogues' gallery, tracing various nefarious qualities through several generations.’
- ‘It was indeed a rogues' gallery of avoidable mistakes.’
- ‘It always deserved a higher ranking, if only because no rogues' gallery could ever stop it from performing reasonably well its basic function of delivering the goods.’
- ‘Whenever he is captured, he immediately surrounds himself with a rogues' gallery of goofy-looking guys, hoping to showcase how good he looks.’
- ‘Imagine my surprise when I opened the book and found a photo of me leading the rogues' gallery of economists who allegedly belittle the role of technological change.’
- ‘There are three superficial similarities - the Christmas setting, a rogues' gallery of characters, and the presence oft his actor - but the films are radically different in tone, intent, and storyline.’
- ‘Although the discounter is reorganizing under the federal bankruptcy code, a photo of its CEO continues to hang in its competitor's rogues' gallery.’
- ‘It's what Shane and his rogues' gallery of gambling mates build their doomed bookmaking business on, and it's a constant presence among the film's incidental characters.’
- ‘Here's a rogues' gallery of the wealthiest villains - the kind of filthy rich reprobates you're not likely to see popping up in the annual rich lists.’
- ‘The continent's leadership roll includes a sizeable rogues' gallery, including despots such as Sani Abacha and Idi Amin.’
- ‘Video explorations of completed buildings are on display here and the office personnel is represented by a rogues' gallery of mug-shots stretching all along one wall.’
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