Villainy

Vil"lain*y

(?), n.;
pl. Villainies (#).
[OE. vilanie, OF. vilanie, vilainie, vileinie, vilanie, LL. villania. See Villain, n.]
[Written also villany.]
1. The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness; as, the villainy of the seducer. "Lucre of vilanye." Chaucer.
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The commendation is not in his wit, but in his villainy.
Shak.
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2. Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul talk. [Archaic]
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He never yet not vileinye ne said
In all his life, unto no manner wight.
Chaucer.
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In our modern language, it [foul language] is termed villainy, as being proper for rustic boors, or men of coarsest education and employment.
Barrow.
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Villainy till a very late day expressed words foul and disgraceful to the utterer much oftener than deeds.
Trench.
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3. The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.
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Such villainies roused Horace into wrath.
Dryden.
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That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called a slave trade.
John Wesley.
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