villainy

noun
vil·​lainy | \ˈvi-lə-nē \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for villainy

Synonyms

bad, evil, evildoing, ill, immorality, iniquity, sin, wrong

Antonyms

good, morality, right, virtue

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Examples of villainy in a Sentence

a story of villainy and betrayal the gruesome villainies of war

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What's more, with a core friendship established by the source film, this sequel takes some really killer risks (at least, for a family-friendly cartoon) in exploring friendship and villainy in ways that viewers likely won't see coming. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Wreck-It Ralph 2 review: Everything we wish Ready Player One had been," 21 Nov. 2018 And in this interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner and creator Noah Hawley seems interested less in the idea of David’s villainy than in him as a sort of supervillain Walter White. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How Legion’s season 2 finale exposed the emptiness at the show’s core," 17 June 2018 With so much villainy, what is the show saying about a president who empowers women while underhandedly controlling them? Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "House of Cards' Final Season Is About Women Gaining Power—at the Expense of Other Women," 10 Nov. 2018 And that partner, Philipp Vossberg, is villainy personified. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Beat’ Review: Justice on the Dance Floor," 8 Nov. 2018 Roughly half of the film is eaten up by Drake's cheeseball villainy and Brock's tater-tot-chomping, woman-hating descent into loserdom—and Venom spends too much time setting these characters up without giving us a logical hook to hang them on. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 Sorrento’s villainy sets up a battle on two fronts — clashes in the Oasis mirroring chases through the streets of Columbus — that inspires Mr. Spielberg to feats of crosscutting virtuosity. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Ready Player One,’ Spielberg Plays the Nostalgia Game," 28 Mar. 2018 But for every clever element, there's another that feels strange or over-the-top, such as the female casting director who for sheer villainy would give Cruella de Vil a run for her money. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Los Angeles Overnight': Film Review," 9 Mar. 2018 WorryFree reads as cartoonish, but the heart of its villainy—anti-unionism in favor of efficiency, selling regardless of the client’s morality, innovating without weighing the costs—is strikingly recognizable. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of villainy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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villainy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of villainy

: evil behavior or actions

villainy

noun
vil·​lainy | \ˈvi-lə-nē \
plural villainies

Kids Definition of villainy

: bad or evil behavior or actions

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