villainy


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vil·lain·y

 (vĭl′ə-nē)
n. pl. vil·lain·ies
1. Villainous conduct or action: "He made the excuse that a seaman, being under strict discipline, had few opportunities for villainy" (P.D. James).
2. A villainous act: outraged by their villainies.

villainy

(ˈvɪlənɪ)
n, pl -lainies
1. conduct befitting a villain; vicious behaviour or action
2. an evil, abhorrent, or criminal act or deed
3. the fact or condition of being villainous
4. (Historical Terms) English history a rare word for villeinage

vil•lain•y

(ˈvɪl ə ni)

n., pl. -lain•ies.
1. the actions or conduct of a villain; outrageous wickedness.
2. a villainous act or deed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.villainy - the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behaviorvillainy - the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
2.villainy - a criminal or vicious actvillainy - a criminal or vicious act    
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"

villainy

noun wickedness, crime, vice, sin, atrocity, delinquency, criminality, depravity, iniquity, turpitude, baseness, devilry, knavery, rascality They justify their villainy in the name of their high ideals.

villainy

noun
Translations
دنائَه، نَذالَه
ničemnost
slyngelagtighed
òorparaskapur, illmennska
ničomnosť
alçaklıkzalimlik

villainy

[ˈvɪlənɪ] N (esp poet) → maldad f, vileza f

villainy

villainy

[ˈvɪlənɪ] nscelleratezza

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 ?
Shady persons in the audience revolted from the pictured villainy of the drama.
Those actors who were cursed with villainy parts were confronted at every turn by the gallery.
Pickwick was on the point of inquiring, with great abhorrence of the man's cold-blooded villainy, how Mr, Serjeant Buzfuz, who was counsel for the opposite party, dared to presume to tell Mr.
Of this man Pickwick I will say little; the subject presents but few attractions; and I, gentlemen, am not the man, nor are you, gentlemen, the men, to delight in the contemplation of revolting heartlessness, and of systematic villainy.
For a whole week he was not able to sleep well, so much the villainy which he had played upon his trusting mother preyed upon his rag of conscience; but after that he began to get comfortable again, and was presently able to sleep like any other miscreant.
He has more manners of villainy, and no more conscience than an Italian prince of the seventeenth century.
Lastly, I have endeavoured strongly to inculcate, that virtue and innocence can scarce ever be injured but by indiscretion; and that it is this alone which often betrays them into the snares that deceit and villainy spread for them.
The second is the life of her transported husband, a highwayman, who it seems, lived a twelve years' life of successful villainy upon the road, and even at last came off so well as to be a volunteer transport, not a convict; and in whose life there is an incredible variety.
One morning, though I had never tried my hand with the pen, it suddenly occurred to me to write a satire on this officer in the form of a novel which would unmask his villainy.
With all his villainy I declined to believe him as bad as the others.
But, the gaol was a vile place, in which most kinds of debauchery and villainy were practised, and where dire diseases were bred, that came into court with the prisoners, and sometimes rushed straight from the dock at my Lord Chief Justice himself, and pulled him off the bench.
I wondered vaguely what foul villainy it might be that the Morlocks did under the new moon.