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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseness of mind or character.
  • n. Viciousness of conduct or action.
  • n. A treacherous or vicious act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Evil or vicious character or behaviour.
  • n. A vicious or treacherous act.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being a villain, or villainous; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness.
  • n. Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul talk.
  • n. The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of a villain or serf; rusticity.
  • n. The character of being villainous; the qualities characteristic of a villain; extreme depravity; atrocious wickedness.
  • n. Discourteous or abusive language; opprobrious terms.
  • n. A villainous act; a crime.
  • n. Disgraceful conduct; conduct unbecoming a gentleman.
  • n. Synonyms Baseness, turpitude, atrocity, infamy. See nefarious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a criminal or vicious act
  • n. the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior

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