vil·​lain·​ess ˈvi-lə-nəs How to pronounce villainess (audio)
: a woman who is a villain

Examples of villainess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rush also appeared as the villainess Nora Clavicle, a women’s rights activist bent on evil, on the third season of Batman and recurred as Grandma Ruth Camden (Stephen Collins’ mother) on 7th Heaven. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2024 In the film, Uma Thurman plays the doctor turned villainess who kills her enemies with toxic kisses. 07 of 40 2012: Kim Kardashian as a mermaid Kim slayed as a whimsical mermaid at an N.Y.C. bash, complete with a seashell bra top and fishtail-style hem on her green skirt. Maria Yagoda, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 This role was way more of a straight character and a villainess. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 Then there’s another category: the conflicted villainess. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2023 His 2021 take on the classic Disney villainess with Cruella, which starred Emma Stone, won a best costume design Oscar, while 2017’s Tonya, which starred Margot Robbie, received three Academy Award nominations and won one for supporting actress for Allison Janney. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 In Another World, her character was known as a scheming villainess and found herself in a love triangle with the characters Blaine (Laura Malone) and Sandy (Christopher Rich). Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2023 By the time the nature of independent cinema morphed headlong and conspicuously into the maw of commodification, Posey dipped her feet into studio franchises, stealing all her scenes in Scream 3, and then playing a vampire, in Blade: Trinity, in 2004, and a villainess in Superman Returns, in 2006. Nicholas Bell, SPIN, 14 Apr. 2023 Gellar did pay tribute to her scheming villainess in 2022’s Do Revenge, in which her unnamed headmaster gives off major Kathryn vibes. Reboots Apr. 4, Vulture, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of villainess was in 1586

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“Villainess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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vil·​lain·​ess ˈvil-ə-nəs How to pronounce villainess (audio)
: a woman who is a villain

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