Definition of rogues' gallery in English:

rogues' gallery

Line breaks: rogues' gal|lery

noun

informal
1A collection of photographs of known criminals, used by police to identify suspects.
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  • 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.’
1.1A 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'
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  • 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.

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