2. Abusive, reproachful language; discourteous speech; foul talk. [Archaic]
He never yet not vileinye ne saidChaucer.
In all his life, unto no manner wight.
In our modern language, it [foul language] is termed villainy, as being proper for rustic boors, or men of
coarsest education and employment.Barrow.
Villainy till a very late day expressed words foul and disgraceful to the utterer much oftener than deeds.Trench.
3. The act of a villain; a deed of deep depravity; a crime.
Such villainies roused Horace into wrath.Dryden.
That execrable sum of all villainies commonly called a slave trade.John Wesley.
(Vil"la*kin) n. A little villa. [R.] Gay.
(Vil"lan) n. A villain. [R.]
(Vil"lan*age) n. [OF. villenage, vilenage. See Villain.]
1. (Feudal Law) The state of a villain, or serf; base servitude; tenure on condition of doing the meanest
services for the lord. [In this sense written also villenage, and villeinage.]
I speak even now as if sin were condemned in a perpetual villanage, never to be manumitted.Milton.
Some faint traces of villanage were detected by the curious so late as the days of the Stuarts.Macaulay.
2. Baseness; infamy; villainy. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Vil`la*nel") n. [See Villanelle.] A ballad. [Obs.] Cotton.
(||Vil`la*nel"la) n.; pl. Villanelle [It., a pretty country girl.] (Mus.) An old rustic dance, accompanied
(||Vil`la*nelle") n. [F.] A poem written in tercets with but two rhymes, the first and third verse
of the first stanza alternating as the third verse in each successive stanza and forming a couplet at the
close. E. W. Gosse.
(Vil`la*nette") n. [Dim. of villa; formed on the analogy of the French.] A small villa. [R.]
(Vil"lan*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Villanized; p. pr. & vb. n. Villanizing ] To make vile; to debase; to
degrade; to revile. [R.]
Were virtue by descent, a noble nameDryden.
Could never villanize his father's fame.
(Vil"lan*i`zer) n. One who villanizes. [R.]
(Vil"lan*ous a. Vil"lan*ous*ly), adv., Villanousness
(Vil"lan*ous*ness), n., See Villainous,
(Vil"lan*y) n. See Villainy.
(Vil*lat"ic) a. [L. villaticus belonging to a country house. See Village.] Of or pertaining to a
farm or a village; rural. "Tame villatic fowl." Milton.