Origin of villainy

1175–1225; Middle English vile(i)nie, vilainie < Old French. See villain, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for villainies

turpitude, vileness, atrocity, baseness, depravity, knavery, rascality

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British Dictionary definitions for villainies


noun plural -lainies
  1. conduct befitting a villain; vicious behaviour or action
  2. an evil, abhorrent, or criminal act or deed
  3. the fact or condition of being villainous
  4. English history a rare word for villeinage
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Word Origin and History for villainies



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

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