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Definition of "villainous" []

  • Appropriate to a villain, as in wickedness or depravity: a villainous plot. (adjective)
  • Being or manifesting the nature of a villain: a villainous band of thieves. (adjective)
  • Highly undesirable or offensive; obnoxious. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "villainous" in a sentence
  • "Clearly, he considered me to have engaged in villainous practices."
  • "While Megatron and Optimus Prime are fighting, Megatron says in villainous fashion, "These humans don't deserve to live!" to which Optimus replies, "They deserve to choose for themselves!""
  • "Plato to be pitied or laughd at? must he be elegized or odified? or be sung in villainous ballads to a scurvey tune?"