villainy

Villainy is a characteristic of being evil or wicked. A movie character's villainy is what makes him the bad guy, the one the audience roots against.

You might be surprised to learn of your next door neighbor's villainy — if, say, he turned out to be a bank robber. In comic books, superheroes fight against villainy, battling the villains. Villainy, in fact, comes from villain, rooted in the Medieval Latin villanus, "farmhand." A villain was once a "peasant," then a "boor" or "clown," and finally a "scoundrel."

Definitions of villainy
  1. noun
    the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior
    synonyms: villainousness
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    type of:
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
  2. noun
    a criminal or vicious act
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    type of:
    evildoing, transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
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