- 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.
Origin of villainous
Related Words for villainousshady, nefarious, vile, wicked, atrocious, bad, corrupt, crooked, cruel, culpable, deplorable, depraved, diabolical, dirty, evil, felonious, hateful, ignoble, illegal, illicit
Examples from the Web for villainous
Contemporary Examples of villainous
She is against the patriarchy, especially when personified in villainous ogres like the Duke of Deception.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
So the man who plays the villainous Frank Underwood does have a lighter side after all.Viral Video of the Day: Kevin Spacey Goes Bollywood
The Daily Beast Video
April 28, 2014
Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, tides change in the new open water chapter of my journey.Lindsay Mills, Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Writes ‘All I Feel Is Alone’
June 11, 2013
You have an interest in comedy, yet keep getting pegged as these villainous characters.Michael Emerson: The Lost Interview
February 10, 2009
Historical Examples of villainous
You don't know, darling, the wickedness of that villainous baggage.The Imaginary Invalid
Wrens and sparrows are not too ignoble a quarry for this villainous gos-hawk!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
The light was dim, the liquor was villainous, and the air was dense with tobacco smoke.The Hunted Outlaw
That's what it is to be shut up in these villainous ramparts.The Fortune of the Rougons
The five men were here—Groff and four of his villainous companions.The World Beyond
Raymond King Cummings
- of, like, or appropriate to a villain
- very bad or disagreeablea villainous climate
c.1300, from Old French vileneus, from villain; see villain.