Villainy

Definition of Villainy

Vil´lain`y
n.1.The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness; as, the villainy of the seducer.
The commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy.
- Shak.
2.Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul talk.
He never yet not vileinye ne said
In all his life, unto no manner wight.
- Chaucer.
In our modern language, it [foul language] is termed villainy, as being proper for rustic boors, or men of coarsest education and employment.
- Barrow.
Villainy till a very late day expressed words foul and disgraceful to the utterer much oftener than deeds.
- Trench.
3.The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.
Such villainies roused Horace into wrath.
- Dryden.

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abomination, atrocity, bad, baseness, chicanery, degradation, disgrace, error, evil, infamy, iniquity, knavery, knavishness, moral turpitude, obliquity, peccancy, rascality, rascalry, reprobacy, roguery, roguishness, scampishness, scandal, scoundrelism, shame, sin, turpitude, vileness, villainousness, wrong
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