villainous

adjective
vil·​lain·​ous | \ ˈvi-lə-nəs How to pronounce villainous (audio) \

Definition of villainous

1a : 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
2 : highly objectionable : wretched

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Other Words from villainous

villainously adverb
villainousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of villainous in a Sentence

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

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Jack played the villainous young king, who was engaged to Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner) in the show's early seasons, and then actually retired from acting after his character's demise in Season 4. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Pose for an "Awkward" Picture with Joffrey from 'Game of Thrones'," 6 Apr. 2019 House of Cards is about a lying, villainous murderer. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018 Across the book's 412 pages, Paul Atreides struggles against the villainous Baron Harkonnen for control of Arrakis, a desert planet with the galaxy's most valuable export—melange. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 There’s also a villainous, unrepentant district attorney who refuses to be interviewed. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Is the True-Crime Fever Breaking? Watching Netflix’s John Grisham Documentary The Innocent Man," 14 Dec. 2018 The only character who appears in all three storylines is Hiram, whose villainous schedule honestly seems flat-out exhausting. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 While Queen of Air and Darkness will introduce multiple villainous characters, the main big bad is Dearborn, the head of the Cohort aka the authoritarian faction of the government aiming to take over the Shadowhunter world. Sydney Bucksbaum, Teen Vogue, "Cassandra Clare's "Queen of Air and Darkness" Completely Shakes Up the Shadowhunters Universe While Mirroring the Real World," 3 Dec. 2018 Their unlikely romance was the highlight of the first season and had many of us flat-out rooting for the couple despite Fisk's truly villainous acts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018 In Sabrina, Bronson plays Baxter High’s villainous, Puritanical principal. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" and Their Characters," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of villainous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of villainous was in the 14th century

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villainous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of villainous

: very bad or evil

villainous

adjective
vil·​lain·​ous | \ ˈvi-lə-nəs How to pronounce villainous (audio) \

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