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

Definition of villainess

: a woman who is a villain

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Disney darling Dove Cameron has been acting for 7 years, playing everything from a villainess to Cher Horowitz. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Dove Cameron's Net Worth is Hefty Thanks to All of Her Work for Disney," 27 Mar. 2019 The evil villainess looks up with her piercing green eyes, dons a pair of creepy horns on her head, and wears a killer pair of massive wings on her back. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looks Both Terrifying and Beautiful in the New Maleficent Poster and I'm Shook," 7 Mar. 2019 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emma has been cast as legendary Disney villainess Cruella de Vil in a new movie helmed by I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Emma Stone Will Play an '80s, Punk Version of Cruella de Vil in the New Movie Cruella," 5 Dec. 2018 As most people with cable television have seen by now, former The Apprentice villainess and ousted White House staffer of unclear responsibilities Omarosa Manigault Newman is on a media blitz promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Omarosa May Be Ridiculous, But She’s Not a “Terror”," 13 Aug. 2018 He was inspired by movies with impressive villainesses, like Kill Bill and Sin City, but also anime flicks like The Last Airbender and Cowboy Bebop., "We're Probably Going To See Rihanna In This Collection," 9 July 2018 Resistance will feature fan-favorite droid BB-8, as well as hotshot flyboy Poe Dameron and First Order villainess Captain Phasma, voiced by film stars Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Star Wars Resistance' takes over the animated skies this fall on Disney Channel," 26 Apr. 2018 Gal Gadot will return to Wonder Woman 2 as our titular superhero, while Kristen Wiig is joining as the villainess Cheetah., "Wonder Woman 2 Will Be Set In 1984 — The Year Everything Happened," 2 June 2018 Her version is superbly dramatized and, with its cast of spineless lovers and hymen-breaking villainesses, a very Iranian tale, every scene designed to stir up fury or longing. Dina Nayeri, New York Times, "She Dared to Write Poetry About Sex. Iranians Loved and Hated Her for It.," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of villainess

1586, in the meaning defined above

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