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From Old French vileneus


villainous (comparative more villainous, superlative most villainous)

  1. Of, relating to, or appropriate to a villain.
  2. Wicked, offensive, or reprehensible in nature or behaviour; nefarious.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: [], London: Printed [by R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] [], published 1602, OCLC 316392309, Act III, scene iv:
      Tuc[ca]. [] Can thy Author doe it impudently enough? / Hiſt[rio]. O, I warrant you, Captaine: and ſpitefully inough too; he ha's one of the moſt ouerflowing villanous wits, in Rome. He will ſlander any man that breathes; If he diſguſt him. / Tucca. I'le know the poor, egregious, nitty Raſcall; and he haue ſuch commendable Qualities, I'le cheriſh him: []

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