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Villany, 1) extreme depravity and wickedness: “pinch him for his v.” Wiv. V, 5, 104. “the commendation is not in his wit, but in his v.” Ado II, 1, 146. III, 3, 120. III, 3, 120 All's IV, 3, 305. Wint. I, 2, 361. John III, 1, 116. IV, 3, 108. H4A II, 4, 504. III, 3, 187. H5 III, 2, 56. R3 I, 3, 336. Tim. III, 6, 103. IV, 3, 20. Oth. V, 2, 151. Cymb. V, 2, 13 “(the v. of our fears).” V, 4, 68. V, 5, 225. Per. IV, 4, 44. Plur. --es: “the --es of man will set him clear,” Tim. III, 3, 30. “the multiplying --es of nature do swarm upon him,” Mcb. I, 2, 11.
2) wicked practice; or a single action of deep depravity: Ado III, 3, 117. V, 1, 71. V, 1, 71 V, 1, 71 V, 1, 71 LLL I, 1, 189. Merch. III, 1, 74. Shr. V, 1, 140. John IV, 2, 225. H4B II, 1, 130. H5 III, 3, 32. Tit. II, 1, 116. Tit. II, 1, 116 II, 3, 7. III, 1, 203. IV, 4, 51. Tim. IV, 3, 437 “(do v.).” Hml. V, 2, 322. Oth. V, 2, 190. Ant. II, 7, 80. Cymb. III, 4, 58. III, 5, 112 “(do).” V, 5, 142. Plur. “--es:” Ado IV, 1, 191. H6B III, 1, 370. Tit. V, 1, 66. Hml. V, 2, 29. The sense somewhat softened: “to act any v. against him,” Wiv. II, 1, 102. “the sleeves curiously cut. There's the v.” Shr. IV, 3, 145.
Misapplied by Dr. Caius: Wiv. I, 4, 71. II, 3, 16.
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