Definitions for villainˈvɪl ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. villain, scoundrel(noun)

    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately

  2. villain, baddie(noun)

    the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction


  1. villain(Noun)

    A vile, wicked person.

  2. villain(Noun)

    The bad person in a work of fiction; often the main antagonist of the hero.

  3. villain(Noun)

    A villain was in a low level of medieval serfdom. A cotter may have been lower.

  4. Origin: Probably villein, from villain (modern: vilain), in turn from Late , meaning serf or peasant, someone who is bound to the soil of a villa, which is to say, worked on the equivalent of a plantation in late Antiquity, in Italy or Gaul.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Villain(noun)

    one who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant

  2. Villain(noun)

    a baseborn or clownish person; a boor

  3. Villain(noun)

    a vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp

  4. Villain(adj)


  5. Villain(verb)

    to debase; to degrade

  6. Origin: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]


  1. Villain

    A villain is an "evil" character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction. The villain usually is the antagonist, the character who tends to have a negative effect on other characters. A female villain is sometimes called a villainess. Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines villain as "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot".

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sean Turner:

    There is 'no villain' - that's the point.

  2. Beilby Porteus, Death, A Poem:

    One murder makes a villain, millions a hero.

  3. David Duchovny:

    I think people love a villain, he's a part of the show that's fun.

  4. Robert Anson Heinlein:

    Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind, it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate--and quickly.

  5. Angelina Jolie:

    And, then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good, and, as your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble -- it's good for you.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • záporný hrdina, padouchCzech
  • skurk, slyngelDanish
  • Bösewicht, Oberböse, Gauner, SchurkeGerman
  • αχρείος, κακός, παλιάνθρωπος, κάθαρμαGreek
  • villanoSpanish
  • تبه کار, رعيتPersian
  • roisto, kelmi, konna, lurjusFinnish
  • vilain, scélérat, paysan, méchantFrench
  • bithiúnachIrish
  • खलनायकHindi
  • gonosz, gazemberHungarian
  • penjahatIndonesian
  • farabutto, cattivo, mascalzone, scellerato, servo feudale, furfante, criminale, vassallo, canagliaItalian
  • 悪漢, 悪党, 悪人, 悪役Japanese
  • ಪೋಕರಿ, ಹೋಕ, ಪೋಕKannada
  • злобник, никаквец, негативецMacedonian
  • കുറുക്കൻ, ചതിയൻ, വഞ്ചകൻMalayalam
  • slechterik, schurkDutch
  • ájígaléidiiNavajo, Navaho
  • czarny charakter, złoczyńca, łajdak, łotrPolish
  • vilão, patife, salafrárioPortuguese
  • iobag, spirit rău, șerb, răufăcător, vecin, mișel, viclean, ticălosRomanian
  • вассал, мерзавец, подлец, негодяй, злодейRussian
  • негативац, zlobnik, злобник, negativacSerbo-Croatian
  • bov, skurkSwedish
  • mhalifuSwahili

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