villainous

[vil-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
having a cruel, wicked, malicious nature or character.
2.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a villain: villainous treachery.
3.
outrageously base, wicked, or vile: a villainous attack on his character.
4.
very objectionable or unpleasant; bad; wretched: a villainous storm.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see villain, -ous

villainously, adverb
villainousness, noun
nonvillainous, adjective
nonvillainously, adverb
nonvillainousness, noun
unvillainous, adjective
unvillainously, adverb
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villainous (ˈvɪlənəs)
 
adj
1.  of, like, or appropriate to a villain
2.  very bad or disagreeable: a villainous climate
 
'villainously
 
adv
 
'villainousness
 
n

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villainous
c.1300, from O.Fr. vileneus, from villain; see villain.
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Example sentences
To the left-leaning, she is a villainous milk-snatcher and persecutor of unionised labour.
These villainous companies that consistently put their private financial interest ahead of the interest of all of humanity.
We took a neutral stand on moral issues that encouraged villainous regimes to commit genocide.
Here the little one was rescued from the villainous designs of the scoundrel.
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