Definitions for villainˈvɪl ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vil•lainˈvɪl ən(n.)

  1. a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.

  2. a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.

    Category: Literature

  3. Category: Law, Western History

    Ref: villein.

Origin of villain:

1275–1325; < MF < LL villānus a farm servant

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. villain(noun)ˈvɪl ən

    a bad character in a movie or book

    It's not obvious who the villains are at the beginning.

  2. villainˈvɪl ən

    a criminal or an immoral person

    a notorious villain

Wiktionary

  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)

    villainous

  5. Villain(verb)

    to debase; to degrade

Freebase

  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".


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

villain(noun)

a person who is wicked or of very bad character

the villain of the play/story.

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