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[vil-uh-nuh s] /ˈvɪl ə nəs/
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
1300-50; Middle English; see villain, -ous
Related forms
villainously, adverb
villainousness, noun
nonvillainous, adjective
nonvillainously, adverb
nonvillainousness, noun
unvillainous, adjective
unvillainously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for villainously
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  • When the Count of Poictou repudiated (as he most villainously did) my sister, he himself gave her to Gurdun.

  • He was the "big man," a wizard—ugly, old, and villainously dirty.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • It required too much money to advertise, and the papers slashed me villainously besides.

  • He gazed at her villainously, out of sideward, blood-shot eyes.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Thereupon two of the men tied my hands in front of me, bound my legs securely, and thrust a villainously dirty gag in my mouth.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • At the beginning of the volume, which is a small octavo, was a portrait of the poet, most villainously executed.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • That child is a poet, spite of the forehead, villainously low, which his mother smuggled into his face.

  • I think it was villainously low down of him, and at that moment I would have preferred Mr. Rumple to be sitting next me.

    The Letters of her Mother to Elizabeth W. R. H. (William Rutherford Hayes) Trowbridge
  • It's a wretched stump of a pencil, villainously cut to an abominably bad point.

    The Mystery of 31 New Inn R. Austin Freeman
  • She was a villainously ugly animal of faded, sunburnt sorrel color.

British Dictionary definitions for villainously


of, like, or appropriate to a villain
very bad or disagreeable: a villainous climate
Derived Forms
villainously, adverb
villainousness, noun
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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
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