from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Highly trained or skilled.
  • adjective Thoroughgoing or absolute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Literally, perfectly trained to go through all the possible paces, as a well-trained horse; hence, perfect or complete; going all lengths; thoroughgoing; downright; consummate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Perfect in what is undertaken; complete; going all lengths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a horse Trained in every pace.
  • adjective Extensively trained or schooled; knowledgeable; proficient.
  • adjective Complete, total.


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  • And certainly, if the indictment contained a true statement of the facts, James M'Wilkin, or Wilkinson, or Wilson was about as thoroughpaced a marauder as ever perambulated a common.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • I have read the letter of Antonius which he sent to one of the septemviri, a thoroughpaced scoundrel, a colleague of his own, "Look out, and see what you take a fancy to, what you do fancy you shall certainly have".

    The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4

  • A more thoroughpaced small coquette than La Femme Incomprise never breathed, yet she must needs be a holy angel for the time being to Paul Armstrong, because she had fine eyes and teeth, and could talk with some eloquence about heart-sorrows she had never known.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • Accordingly they fought together; and although the stranger greatly over-matched his new competitor, he politely kept declaring that it all depended up practice; in fact, Wilhelm, inferior as he was, had made it evident that he had got his first instructions from a good, solid, thoroughpaced German fencing-master.

    Chapter IV. Book II

  • Somewhat of the chronicles, fabliaux, and romances of old France had dribbled into England in translations; [63] but Swinburne was perhaps the first thoroughpaced disciple of the French romantic school.

    A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century

  • Hendry made no answer to the second mate's remarks, which were accompanied by a considerable number of oaths and much vigorous blasphemy; for the honest-hearted Atkins detested both his captain and the supercargo most fervently, as a pair of thoroughpaced villains.

    Tessa 1901

  • Earl of Arran (a thoroughpaced ruffian), put down these pretensions of the Church.

    Historical Mysteries

  • The improbability of a thoroughpaced scoundrel writing daily elaborate confessions of his criminality to a friend, even when the friend condemns him, expatiating upon atrocities that deserved hanging, and justifying his vices on principle, is rather too glaring to be admissible.

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

  • The thoroughpaced disciples of Filmer, indeed, maintained that there was no difference whatever between the polity of our country and that of Turkey, and that, if the King did not confiscate the contents of all the tills in Lombard Street, and send mutes with bowstrings to Sancroft and Halifax, this was only because His

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 2

  • But all was nothing: he might as well compliment a mastiff, or court a tiger, as think to win those who were now hardened in blood, and thoroughpaced in rebellion.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VII.


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