Definition of 'villainous'
Example sentences containing 'villainous'
People have been known to spit at villainous characters on the street or send in bottles of medicine when other characters are ill.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
More disgraceful is the recent practice of booing, at their curtain call, singers who portray villainous characters.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Meanwhile, the villainous criminal who stole one of the machines is running through modern London like a fox in a hen coop.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Whether his characters were villainous or valiant, serious or comedic, his secret lay in his ability to immerse himself in a role.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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