- the actions or conduct of a villain; outrageous wickedness.
- a villainous act or deed.
- Obsolete. villeinage.
Origin of villainy
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Examples from the Web for villainy
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Its portrayal of Soviet villainy was deemed too much for domestic consumption.The Kremlin's Amazing PR Turnaround
June 8, 2010
How much more diverting to focus on the villainy of a potty-mouthed Illinois pol.Six Reasons to Thank Blago
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They are presented as good and evil, as vice and virtue, as villainy and heroism.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
An A1 piece of villainy was on, and they were conversing in low tones.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Think of the cheek and villainy of that, and then speak to me of talking wildly!'A Woman Intervenes
Did man ever hear of such a villainy—to fire a good ship in her misfortune?The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
Gubblum understood no more than that villainy had been at work.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- conduct befitting a villain; vicious behaviour or action
- an evil, abhorrent, or criminal act or deed
- the fact or condition of being villainous
- English history a rare word for villeinage
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Word Origin and History for villainy
early 13c., from Old French vilanie, from villain; see villain.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper