What does villain mean?

Definitions for villainˈvɪl ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word villain.

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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Villain

    vil′ān, or vil′in, n. a wicked wretch: a man extremely degraded: in feudal times, a member of the lowest class of unfree persons.—ns. Vill′aināge, Vill′anāge, Vill′eināge, Vill′enāge, in feudal times, the tenure of land by villein, i.e. base or menial services.—adj. Vill′ainous, like or suited to a villain: depraved: proceeding from extreme depravity: very bad, mean, vile.—adv. Vill′ainously.—ns. Vill′ainousness; Vill′ainy, the act of a villain: extreme depravity: an atrocious crime. [Orig. 'a serf attached to a farm,' O. Fr. villain—Low L. villanus—L. villa.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of villain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of villain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Beilby Porteus, Death, A Poem:

    One murder makes a villain, millions a hero.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Angela Meadows:

    Public health messages and the 'War on Obesity' aren't helping because they frame the fat individual as the villain, and media representations of fat people are almost entirely negative.

  5. Mary Beth Oliver:

    If we continue to pair a particular look with (being a villain) ... then pretty soon, it's like Pavlov's dog: Simply seeing a person in that category is enough to prime thoughts of 'villain,'.

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Translations for villain

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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