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

Definition of villainess

: a woman who is a villain

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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 Sunday’s episode of Big Little Lies had viewers all screaming for ice cream — namely the ice cream that was intended to strike villainess Mary Louise (Meryl Streep). Eric Todisco,, "Never Fear, Meryl Streep Says That Big Little Lies Ice Cream Scene Will Be in the DVD Extras," 8 July 2019 The more interesting characters are the lovesick Hong Bing and the villainess Shu Ja, who are at least more vivid and less predictable. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Beautiful Voyage': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 16 June 2019 Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor returns to Wonder Woman 1984 under still-mysterious circumstances, while Kristen Wiig joins the party as the villainess Cheetah, one of Diana’s most iconic comic book adversaries. Nick Romano,, "Wonder Woman 1984 poster shows off Gal Gadot's new golden armor," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of villainess

1586, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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