Vil"lain*y (?), n.; pl. Villainies (#). [OE. vilanie, OF. vilanie, vilainie, vileinie, vilanie, LL. villania. See Villain, n.] [Written also villany.]


The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness; as, the villainy of the seducer.

"Lucre of vilanye."


The commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy. Shak.


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.


The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.

Such villainies roused Horace into wrath. Dryden.

That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called a slave trade.

John Wesley.


© Webster 1913.

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