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villainy

[vil-uh-nee] /ˈvɪl ə ni/
noun, plural villainies.
1.
the actions or conduct of a villain; outrageous wickedness.
2.
a villainous act or deed.
3.
Obsolete, villeinage.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English vile(i)nie, vilainie < Old French. See villain, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for villainy

villainy

/ˈvɪlənɪ/
noun (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.
(English history) a rare word for villeinage
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Word Origin and History for villainy
n.

early 13c., from Old French vilanie, from villain; see villain.

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