vil·​lainy | \ ˈvi-lə-nē How to pronounce villainy (audio) \
plural villainies

Definition of villainy

1 : villainous conduct also : a villainous act
2 : the quality or state of being villainous : depravity

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Examples of villainy in a Sentence

a story of villainy and betrayal the gruesome villainies of war
Recent Examples on the Web But the writing for her descent into madness and villainy has been on the wall. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 Mar. 2022 Smith, a former Dr. Who, excels at the poor-little-rich-boy villainy of his character, a tragic aristocrat whose eyes gleam with mania. Leah Greenblatt,, 31 Mar. 2022 Green also sees this vacuum of villainy as having contributed to pandemic conspiracy theories, which are basically just convenient stories about whom to be mad at. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 To its credit, the sequence sets up a single, beautiful moment that raises a middle finger to the villainy and nihilism that a certain recent DC film seemed to embody. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2022 Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano and more appear alongside Pattinson in the trailer, as the latter fights his way through gunfire and villainy on a mission to save Gotham City. Jen Juneau,, 21 Feb. 2022 The producers were already thinking of Hopper to play Wesker, a recognizable character from the games known for his sunglasses and general villainy. Nick Romano,, 23 Nov. 2021 But there was definitely a shift, and not just in Nate’s descent into villainy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Robin and Azeem join forces with outlaws Little John and Will Scarlett to save the kingdom from the sheriff's villainy. Travis Bean, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of villainy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Apr 2022

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“Villainy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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vil·​lainy | \ ˈvi-lə-nē How to pronounce villainy (audio) \
plural villainies

Kids Definition of villainy

: bad or evil behavior or actions

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