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villainous

[vil-uh-nuh s] /ˈvɪl ə nəs/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see villain, -ous
Related forms
villainously, adverb
villainousness, noun
nonvillainous, adjective
nonvillainously, adverb
nonvillainousness, noun
unvillainous, adjective
unvillainously, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for villainousness

villainous

/ˈvɪlənəs/
adjective
1.
of, like, or appropriate to a villain
2.
very bad or disagreeable: a villainous climate
Derived Forms
villainously, adverb
villainousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for villainousness

villainous

adj.

c.1300, from Old French vileneus, from villain; see villain.

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