Villainy Vil"lain*y, n.; pl. {Villainies}. [OE. vilanie, OF. vilanie, vilainie, vileinie, vilanie, LL. villania. See {Villain}, n.] [Written also {villany}.] 1. The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness; as, the villainy of the seducer. ``Lucre of vilanye.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul talk. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

He never yet not vileinye ne said In all his life, unto no manner wight. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

In our modern language, it [foul language] is termed villainy, as being proper for rustic boors, or men of coarsest education and employment. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

Villainy till a very late day expressed words foul and disgraceful to the utterer much oftener than deeds. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

3. The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime. [1913 Webster]

Such villainies roused Horace into wrath. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called a slave trade. --John Wesley. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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