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villainess

[ vil-uh-nis ]

noun

  1. a villainous woman.


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Gender Note

See -ess.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of villainess1

First recorded in 1580–90; villain + -ess

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Example Sentences

In the past, her character has tended toward the two-dimensional: the chilly villainess.

Jackson was cast as the villainess—the “mastermind” of this whole bloated controversy.

Able to convey a sinister, menacing presence without going over-the-top villainess?

And the heart-beats were not calmed, for Marise recognised the contralto tones of Miss Marks, the villainess of her dream.

If the villainess were a blonde, the gallery would take her for the heroine, and things would get terribly mixed.

She had a faint accent, which made her sound like a tiny, skinny Bond villainess.

Of course these matters may be important—if the lady is the villainess, for instance.

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

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