noun, plural vil·lain·ies.

the actions or conduct of a villain; outrageous wickedness.
a villainous act or deed.
Obsolete. villeinage.

Nearby words

  1. villainage,
  2. villainess,
  3. villainize,
  4. villainous,
  5. villainously,
  6. villanella,
  7. villanelle,
  8. villanova,
  9. villanovan,
  10. villard

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for villainy


noun plural -lainies

conduct befitting a villain; vicious behaviour or action
an evil, abhorrent, or criminal act or deed
the fact or condition of being villainous
English history a rare word for villeinage
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Word Origin and History for villainy



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

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