- having a cruel, wicked, malicious nature or character.
- of, relating to, or befitting a villain: villainous treachery.
- outrageously base, wicked, or vile: a villainous attack on his character.
- very objectionable or unpleasant; bad; wretched: a villainous storm.
Origin of villainous
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Examples from the Web for villainously
The sordid recital would be comical but that it is so villainously real.Egoists
You have a way of keeping your head that I like, and your style is not so villainously bad.When a Man's Single
J. M. Barrie
He was the "big man," a wizard—ugly, old, and villainously dirty.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
Of course what he had so villainously seized ought to be taken from him.
And all the while a local paper was villainously assailing Feeney.The Great Steel Strike and its Lessons
William Z. Foster
- of, like, or appropriate to a villain
- very bad or disagreeablea villainous climate
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Word Origin and History for villainously
c.1300, from Old French vileneus, from villain; see villain.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper