Meaning of rogues' gallery in English:

rogues' gallery


  • 1 informal A 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. 1.1A 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’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The actor gambled on playing one of the film's rogues' gallery of supporting players.’
      • ‘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 book is also a political genealogy as rogues' gallery, tracing various nefarious qualities through several generations.’
      • ‘The continent's leadership roll includes a sizeable rogues' gallery, including despots such as Sani Abacha and Idi Amin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was indeed a rogues' gallery of avoidable mistakes.’
      • ‘In attacking the Revolution, Burke constructed a rogues' gallery of French politicians, and placed alongside them quite a number of French thinkers.’
      • ‘Whenever he is captured, he immediately surrounds himself with a rogues' gallery of goofy-looking guys, hoping to showcase how good he looks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has attracted quite a rogues' gallery of villains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like any heroes worthy of the prefix ‘super,’ the Powerpuff Girls face a worthy rogues' gallery of villains.’
      • ‘Although the discounter is reorganizing under the federal bankruptcy code, a photo of its CEO continues to hang in its competitor's rogues' gallery.’