a villainous woman.

1580–90; villain + -ess

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villain (ˈvɪlən)
1.  a wicked or malevolent person
2.  (in a novel, play, film, etc) the main evil character and antagonist to the hero
3.  jocular often a mischievous person; rogue
4.  slang (Brit) a criminal
5.  history a variant spelling of villein
6.  obsolete an uncouth person; boor
[C14: from Old French vilein serf, from Late Latin vīllānus worker on a country estate, from Latin: villa]
fem n

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Here she heats up the screen as a scheming villainess.
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