- 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 amp; 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.