Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[vil-uh-nee] /ˈvɪl ə ni/
noun, plural villainies.
the actions or conduct of a villain; outrageous wickedness.
a villainous act or deed.
Obsolete. villeinage.
Origin of villainy
1175-1225; Middle English vile(i)nie, vilainie < Old French. See villain, -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for villainy
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • They are presented as good and evil, as vice and virtue, as villainy and heroism.

  • 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 Robert Barr
  • 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
  • There was no villainy for which I was not ripe that night, it seemed.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • If he must suffer for his villainy, at least there would be compensations.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for villainy


noun (pl) -lainies
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for villainy

early 13c., from Old French vilanie, from villain; see villain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for villainy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for villainy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for villainy