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.
- vil·lain·ous·ly, adverb
- vil·lain·ous·ness, noun
- non·vil·lain·ous, adjective
- non·vil·lain·ous·ly, adverb
- non·vil·lain·ous·ness, noun
- un·vil·lain·ous, adjective
- un·vil·lain·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use villainous in a sentence
In one example, Han was approached by a marketing team working with Capcom’s “Resident Evil Village,” a horror-focused shooter starring the villainous vampire Lady Dimitrescu.All dressed up with nowhere to go: Cosplaying in the pandemic | Lauren Orsini | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
That failure becomes increasingly villainous when you know simple solutions like housing vouchers exist to reverse the most dire foundational crisis for poor Americans.America Could Soon Face a Wave of Single Moms Being Evicted. A Simple Solution Exists That Could Help Them | Lauren Sandler | May 28, 2021 | Time
Villainy gets even more complicated as a concept when we consider that, historically, the “villain” in any given story is villainous not because of something they do but because of something they are.Why it’s so satisfying to root for Disney villains | Aja Romano | May 28, 2021 | Vox
It’s possible that a villainous Thunderbolts super-group could be in the works.What's Next in the MCU After The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | Eliana Dockterman | April 23, 2021 | Time
Set after the events of Half-Life, but before Half-Life 2, Alyx follows protagonist Alyx Vance as she attempts to rescue her father and uncover the secret of the villainous Combine’s newest weapon.I Finished Half-Life: Alyx in 12 Hours and Can't Stop Thinking About It | Matthew Gault | March 23, 2020 | Time
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 | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are big rocks in off the shore, craggy and black; they always look villainous in the dark of the evening.'We Were Liars': Teens Confront Their Beautiful, Rich Family's Dark Secrets | Samantha Levine | August 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Caroline Linton | June 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And they face the absolute villain, Haman, from the absolute villainous family, Amalek.
Upon a ship sailing along the shores of France were a man and his wife on their way to join a band of villainous people in India.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
He was concerned with the villainous intrigues of Cerizet, his copy-clerk, and with Theodose de la Peyrade, the tricky lawyer.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Remembering what a scoundrel Garcia was, and what a villainous business Garcia had sent him upon, Coronado felt like smiling.Overland | John William De Forest
Coronado's first bullet knocked a villainous-looking tatterdemalion clean into the happy hunting grounds.Overland | John William De Forest
Goaded to desperation by his villainous servant, Herbert Murray turned upon the traitor and hurled him down the gravel pit.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for villainous
of, like, or appropriate to a villain
very bad or disagreeable: a villainous climate
- villainously, adverb
- villainousness, noun
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