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  • n. Plural form of vileness.

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Examples

  • Its cruelties, and misunderstandings, and stupidities, and vilenesses have been perpetrated.

    Jack London's Nonfiction Collection of Unpublished Book Forwards

  • I had but just heard of some of his vilenesses, when I sat down to write; so my indignation was raised.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The Mrs Winterfields of this world allow themselves little spiteful pleasures of this kind, repenting of them, no doubt, in those frequent moments in which they talk to their friends of their own terrible vilenesses.

    The Belton Estate

  • On those vilenesses history looks back with an eye of disgust.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • Especially around these shores there is scarcely a spot that hath not been violated in all times by vilenesses and impurities such as the Apostle saith it is a shame even to speak of.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • Even the shelters provided for the officers, and the hospital hastily erected for the sick, were scarcely fit to stable horses in, and were by official decree doomed to be given to the flames as the surest way of getting rid of the vermin and other vilenesses, of which they contained so rich a store.

    With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back

  • Winterfields of this world allow themselves little spiteful pleasures of this kind, repenting of them, no doubt, in those frequent moments in which they talk to their friends of their own terrible vilenesses.

    The Belton Estate

  • The penalties for the production of such vilenesses are much higher than for simple possession of them too.

    Forbes.com: News

  • These vilenesses are so ignoble, that for his own sake a man of honor (whether as a writer or a reader) shrinks from dealing with any case to which they do really adhere; such a case belongs to the province of police courts, not of literature.

    Memorials and Other Papers — Complete

  • O thou divine spirit that burnest in every breast, inciting each with the sublime desire to be fine; that stirrest up the great to become little in order to seem greater, and that makest a duchess woo insult for a voucher, -- thou that delightest in so many shapes, multifarious yet the same; spirit that makest the high despicable, and the lord meaner than his valet; equally great whether thou cheatest a friend or cuttest a father; lacquering all thou touchest with a bright vulgarity that thy votaries imagine to be gold, -- thou that sendest the few to fashionable balls and the many to fashionable novels; that smitest even Genius as well as Folly, making the favourites of the gods boast an acquaintance they have not with the graces of a mushroom peerage rather than the knowledge they have of the Muses of an eternal Helicon, -- thou that leavest in the great ocean of our manners no dry spot for the foot of independence; that pallest on the jaded eye with a moving and girdling panorama of daubed vilenesses, and fritterest away the souls of free-born

    Paul Clifford — Volume 04

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