villainous


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

vil·lain·ous

 (vĭl′ə-nəs)
adj.
1.
a. Being or behaving like a villain: a villainous warlord.
b. Appropriate to or characteristic of a villain: a villainous plot to kidnap the princess.
2. Highly unpleasant or annoying: villainous mosquitoes.

vil′lain·ous·ly adv.
vil′lain·ous·ness n.

villainous

(ˈvɪlənəs)
adj
1. of, like, or appropriate to a villain
2. very bad or disagreeable: a villainous climate.
ˈvillainously adv
ˈvillainousness n

vil•lain•ous

(ˈvɪl ə nəs)

adj.
1. having a cruel, wicked, malicious nature or character.
2. of, pertaining to, or befitting a villain.
3. very objectionable or unpleasant.
[1300–50]
vil′lain•ous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.villainous - extremely wickedvillainous - extremely wicked; "nefarious schemes"; "a villainous plot"; "a villainous band of thieves"
wicked - morally bad in principle or practice

villainous

villainous

adjective
Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
Translations
نَذْل، خَسيس
podlý
illa innrættur

villainous

[ˈvɪlənəs] ADJ (= evil) → malvado, vil; (= very bad) → malísimo, horrible
he was a villainous-looking characterera un tipo de mala catadura (frm), era un tipo de aspecto malvado

villainous

[ˈvɪlənəs] adj (= evil) → sans scrupules

villainous

adj
böse; deedniederträchtig, gemein; a villainous faceein Verbrechergesicht nt
(inf: = bad) → scheußlich

villainous

[ˈvɪlənəs] adjscellerato/a, infame

villain

(ˈvilən) noun
a person who is wicked or of very bad character. the villain of the play/story.
ˈvillainous adjective
ˈvillainyplural ˈvillainies noun
(an instance of) wickedness. His villainy was well known.
References in classic literature ?
I can't express what followed it save by saying that the silence itself-- which was indeed in a manner an attestation of my strength-- became the element into which I saw the figure disappear; in which I definitely saw it turn as I might have seen the low wretch to which it had once belonged turn on receipt of an order, and pass, with my eyes on the villainous back that no hunch could have more disfigured, straight down the staircase and into the darkness in which the next bend was lost.
He was drinking, and developing a villainous temper, and he stormed and cursed and raged at his men, and drove them until they were ready to drop with exhaustion.
Beyond that end of our establishment which was furthest from the street, was a deserted garden, pathless, and thickly grown with the bloomy and villainous "jimpson" weed and its common friend the stately sunflower.
Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
I thought him looking as villainous as ever, and I replied that I saw no change in him.
Hereupon, a choleric gentleman, who had taken the fourth place on that seat, flew into a most violent passion, and said that it was a breach of contract to mix him up with such villainous company, and that it was poisonous and pernicious and infamous and shameful, and I don't know what else.
The captain glared at him for a while, flapped his hand again, glared still harder, and at last broke out with a villainous, low oath, "Silence, there, between decks
And hence bitter enmities had arisen; the professors of knowledge had revenged themselves by calling him a villainous corrupter of youth, and by repeating the commonplaces about atheism and materialism and sophistry, which are the stock-accusations against all philosophers when there is nothing else to be said of them.
To every villainous meanness of this model man it gave a hidden, higher, Socialistic interpretation, the exact contrary of its real character.
It is true that Mabunu had still been with her, to pinch or beat her as the mood seized the villainous old hag; but Mabunu was only one.
Colette's foul walls and maculate table-linen, and even down to Colette's villainous casters, seemed like objects in a nightmare.
One of the clerks had a most repulsive, pock-marked face, which looked positively villainous.