Definition of rogues' gallery in US English:

rogues' gallery


  • 1A collection of photographs of known criminals, used by police to identify suspects.

    • ‘A rogues' gallery already existed in Moscow by 1867, preceded only by the Danzig collection of 1864.’
    • ‘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.’’
    1. 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 has attracted quite a rogues' gallery of villains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The book is also a political genealogy as rogues' gallery, tracing various nefarious qualities through several generations.’
      • ‘Whenever he is captured, he immediately surrounds himself with a rogues' gallery of goofy-looking guys, hoping to showcase how good he looks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The continent's leadership roll includes a sizeable rogues' gallery, including despots such as Sani Abacha and Idi Amin.’
      • ‘The actor gambled on playing one of the film's rogues' gallery of supporting players.’
      • ‘In attacking the Revolution, Burke constructed a rogues' gallery of French politicians, and placed alongside them quite a number of French thinkers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like any heroes worthy of the prefix ‘super,’ the Powerpuff Girls face a worthy rogues' gallery of villains.’
      • ‘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.’