- the fact or state of being villainous
- villainous conduct
- pl. -·lain·ies a villainous act; wicked, detestable, or criminal deed
Origin of villainyMiddle English vileinie from Anglo-French and Old French vilainie from vilain: see villain
- Villainous conduct or action: “He made the excuse that a seaman, being under strict discipline, had few opportunities for villainy” ( P.D. James )
- A villainous act: outraged by their villainies.