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  • n. Plural form of villainy.


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  • But such "villanies" must often have occurred in the East, at different times and places, without requiring direct derivation.

    Arabian nights. English

  • “In returning I read a very different book, published by an honest Quaker, on that execrable sum of all villanies, commonly called the Slave-trade.”

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  • Moreover it is held unworthy of a free-born man to take over-notice of these servile villanies; hence the scoundrel in the story escapes unpunished.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Burckhardt (No. 480) notices another meaning “foreigners who attend mosque-lectures” and quotes the saying, “A. pilgrimaged:” quoth B. “yes! and for his villanies resideth (Mujáwir) at Meccah.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He was a privateer hired to chase pirates and in 1696, and his mission went badly and his crew mutinied, became pirates and he got charged with all the villanies they committed.

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  • Why, Lovelace, was thou not present thyself? — — Why dost thou commit such villanies, as even thou art afraid to appear in; and yet puttest a weaker heart and head upon encountering with them?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • This last act, however unintended by thee, yet a consequence of thy general orders, and too likely to be thought agreeable to thee, by those who know thy other villanies by her, has finished thy barbarous work.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Little knows the public what villanies are committed by vile wretches, in these abominable houses upon innocent creatures drawn into their snares.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • First, the outlaw being, for his many crimes and villanies, banished from the towns and houses of honest men, and wandering in waste places, far from danger of law, maketh his mantle his house, and under it covereth himself from the wrath of Heaven, from the offence of the earth, and from the sight of men.

    Castle Rackrent

  • Ah, Mrs. Jones, how I should like to know what that crime was, or what that series of villanies, which made you determine never to take a servant out of my house.

    Roundabout Papers


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