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  • adj. In a villainous manner; in the manner of a villain; evilly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a villainous manner, in any sense. Also villanously.


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  • And yet it is bedbugs that have become the eight-legged bête noir of our times, skittering villainously through countless alarmist articles and local-news segments.

    Ben H. Winters: In Defense of Bedbugs

  • He villainously congratulates himself upon his discerning quick thoughts in thwarting his aged friendrecalling after villains identical to Richard of Gloucester as good as Iago who revel in their dastardly betrayal of those who trust them.

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  • And even today the astonished tourist is treated to two of the world's most villainously ugly buildings, the vast wedding cake of the monument to Victor Emmanuel II and, across the Tiber, the Palazzo di Giustizia—the latter so preternaturally hideous, in its gross over-ornamentation, that this writer, gazing at it once for a long half-hour, was afraid of being transformed into a toad or a snake.

    The Heirloom City

  • He chortled villainously, moving closer every second.

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  • He chortled villainously and continued to move closer.

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  • There is a momentary whirlpool effect, followed by a bubbling human stew, and finally, the scooper shoots clear with a sample and the afterburners reduce the whole mess to a few dried out protein strands. “Your villainous disrespect for the dead has earned you the position of bad news barer, ” I say as we turn and exit the bedroom. “Your mother villainously disrespects the dead, ” Jay replies, clicking over to symp-auto.

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  • Cameron can't quite nail the one-liners like he used to, so moments of awkwardness abound even as the actors give it their all; only the delectable Stephen Lang, as the villainously single-minded Colonel, succeeds in creating a true characterization.

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  • You Misters Bush and Cheney; you Ms. Rice are villainously and criminally obscene people, obscene human beings, incompetent even to fulfill your own self-serving agenda, while tragically neglectful and destructive of ours and our country's.

    Sean Penn: An Open Letter to the President...Four and a Half Years Later

  • Those who voted for Prop 8's passage are villainously wrong, and heaven knows, someday they'll have hell to pay for it.

    Tom Gregory: Hey Mr. God, Lookie What I Did to Those Nasty Homosexuals!

  • It's far too easy to imagine that upon hearing Mr. Stephenson some young Muslim man, sitting with his compatriots in a sweltering basement - perhaps in Haifa, perhaps in High Wycombe, perhaps in Houston - thought for a moment, smiled villainously, and replied to the television screen, "You ain't seen nothing yet."

    Tad Daley: Watered Down Terror


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