adjective vil·lain·ous \-lə-nəs\

: very bad or evil

Full Definition of VILLAINOUS

a :  befitting a villain (as in evil or depraved character) <a villainous attack>
b :  being or having the character of a villain :  depraved <the villainous foe>
:  highly objectionable :  wretched
vil·lain·ous·ly adverb
vil·lain·ous·ness noun

Examples of VILLAINOUS

  1. <villainous behavior that made him one of the most notorious figures in history and gave rise to the legend of Dracula>

First Known Use of VILLAINOUS

14th century


black, dark, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unethical, unlawful, unrighteous, unsavory, vicious, vile, bad, wicked, wrong
decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, just, moral, right, righteous, sublime, upright, virtuous

Synonym Discussion of VILLAINOUS

vicious, villainous, iniquitous, nefarious, corrupt, degenerate mean highly reprehensible or offensive in character, nature, or conduct. vicious may directly oppose virtuous in implying moral depravity, or may connote malignancy, cruelty, or destructive violence <a vicious gangster>. villainous applies to any evil, depraved, or vile conduct or characteristic <a villainous assault>. iniquitous implies absence of all signs of justice or fairness <an iniquitous system of taxation>. nefarious suggests flagrant breaching of time-honored laws and traditions of conduct <the nefarious rackets of organized crime>. corrupt stresses a loss of moral integrity or probity causing betrayal of principle or sworn obligations <city hall was rife with corrupt politicians>. degenerate suggests having sunk to an especially vicious or enervated condition <a degenerate regime propped up by foreign powers>.
VILLAINOUS Defined for Kids


adjective vil·lain·ous \ˈvi-lə-nəs\

Definition of VILLAINOUS for Kids

:  wicked 1


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