[ 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.


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Origin of villainous

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at villain, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM villainous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for villainous

/ (ˈvɪlənəs) /


of, like, or appropriate to a villain
very bad or disagreeablea villainous climate

Derived forms of villainous

villainously, adverbvillainousness, noun
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