Definitions for villainˈvɪl ən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.
Category: Law, Western History
Origin of villain:
1275–1325; < MF < LL villānus a farm servant
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a bad character in a movie or book
It's not obvious who the villains are at the beginning.
a criminal or an immoral person
a notorious villain
A vile, wicked person.
The bad person in a work of fiction; often the main antagonist of the hero.
A villain was in a low level of medieval serfdom. A cotter may have been lower.
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.
one who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant
a baseborn or clownish person; a boor
a vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp
to debase; to degrade
Translations for villain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person who is wicked or of very bad character
the villain of the play/story.
- نَذْل، وَغْدArabic
- vilãoPortuguese (BR)
- der SchurkeGerman
- (ο) κακός, παλιάνθρωποςGreek
- malo, malvado, bellacoSpanish
- آدم رذلFarsi
- lopov, razbojnikCroatian
- orang jahatIndonesian
- kjeltring, skurkNorwegian
- آدم رذلPersian
- بدي، بدرګه، ټيټ،كچه، ورانكارىPashto
- bov, skurkSwedish
- ตัวร้าย (ทางวรรณกรรม)Thai
- kötü adamTurkish
- 壞人, 惡棍Chinese (Trad.)
- лиходій, негідникUkrainian
- tên côn đồVietnamese
- 坏人，恶棍Chinese (Simp.)
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