vil·​lain·​ess | \ ˈvi-lə-nəs How to pronounce villainess (audio) \

Definition of villainess

: a woman who is a villain

Examples of villainess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dramatic conflict revolves around the plans of wealthy villainess Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci), who’s determined to turn the park into a home for condos and shopping centers. Jeanne Jakle,, "‘Perry Mason,’ ‘Queer Eye’ and 10 more new and returning TV shows to watch this summer," 4 June 2020 In contrast, Carmen Ejogo, as Sarah's light-skinned (and highly fictionalized) rival Addie Munroe, is a soap-opera villainess. Blair Underwood, as Sarah's increasingly resentful husband C.J., lacks any semblance of depth. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 With the start of its second season in the fall of 1980, which marked the arrival of Donna Mills as seductress/villainess Abby Cunningham, J.R.-style serialization crept in. Jim Mckairnes, USA TODAY, "'Knots Landing' at 40: Remembering TV's soapy spinoff that outlasted 'Dallas'," 26 Dec. 2019 But the whole colorful cast is a plethora of welcome presences, from the well-meaning villainess Scorpia (Lauren Ash) to the steadfast hero Bow (Marcus Scribner). Christian Holub,, "The best animated shows (and episodes) of the decade," 19 Dec. 2019 When the sleety villainess menaces people, the production achieves needed focus and momentum, like a snowball speeding toward its target. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No winter wonderland in slushy ‘Snow Queen’," 15 Dec. 2019 In either case, here’s hoping that the show will finally acknowledge Bette’s true nature, allowing this wolf in Armani clothing to be the glamorous villainess she was always meant to be. New York Times, "‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Review: New Vision, Old Blind Spots," 5 Dec. 2019 The new movie is in casting mode with Halle Bailey as Ariel, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as the villainess, Ursula. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Daveed Diggs in Talks to Play Sebastian in Disney's Live-Action 'Little Mermaid'," 8 Oct. 2019 Evil Sits Down for a Moment (Season 2) While shopping for new furniture with Die Fledermaus, The Tick and Arthur encounter a villainess who calls herself the Ottoman. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019

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1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Villainess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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