villainies


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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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