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Meaning of VILLAINY

Pronunciation:  'vilunee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a treacherous or vicious act
  2. [n]  the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior

VILLAINY is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: villainousness
 See Also: evil, evildoing, evilness, transgression



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vil"lain*y\, n.; pl. {Villainies}. [OE. vilanie, OF.
vilanie, vilainie, vileinie, vilanie, LL. villania. See
{Villain}, n.] [Written also {villany}.]
1. The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous;
   extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness; as, the villainy
   of the seducer. ``Lucre of vilanye.'' --Chaucer.

         The commendation is not in his wit, but in his
         villainy.                             --Shak.

2. Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul
   talk. [Archaic]

         He never yet not vileinye ne said In all his life,
         unto no manner wight.                 --Chaucer.

         In our modern language, it [foul language] is termed
         villainy, as being proper for rustic boors, or men
         of coarsest education and employment. --Barrow.

         Villainy till a very late day expressed words foul
         and disgraceful to the utterer much oftener than
         deeds.                                --Trench.

3. The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.

         Such villainies roused Horace into wrath. --Dryden.

         That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called
         a slave trade. --John Wesley.