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[vil-uh-nis] /ˈvɪl ə nɪs/
a villainous woman.
Origin of villainess
First recorded in 1580-90; villain + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of course these matters may be important—if the lady is the villainess, for instance.

    The Lure of the Pen

    Flora Klickmann
  • Thus we took up our parts of (alleged) villain and villainess.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • She told him he was making a villainess out of her, and that she'd end their meetings.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • And the heart-beats were not calmed, for Marise recognised the contralto tones of Miss Marks, the villainess of her dream.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • If the villainess were a blonde, the gallery would take her for the heroine, and things would get terribly mixed.

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