What does villain mean?

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ˈvɪl ənvil·lain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. villain, scoundrelnoun

    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately

  2. villain, baddienoun

    the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction


  1. villainnoun

    A vile, wicked person.

  2. villainnoun

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

  3. villainnoun

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

  4. Etymology: 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. Villainnoun

    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. Villainnoun

    a baseborn or clownish person; a boor

  3. Villainnoun

    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. Villainadjective


  5. Villainverb

    to debase; to degrade

  6. Etymology: [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.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Villain

    Although signifying originally a mean, low fellow, but by no means one of reprehensive morals as now, this term was applied to a labourer on a farm or a country seat. To argue this point with the humble day-labourer who trims the shrubs at a suburban villa in our own time, would serve no useful purpose.

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  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

Examples of villain in a Sentence

  1. Hunter Dickinson:

    I could be a WWE villain, that’s how I play. I’m at my best and most engaged when I’m out there playing with energy and fire. That’s what makes the game fun for me, that’s why I enjoy playing it.

  2. Kiyoshi Ejima:

    Previous prime ministers were afraid of what'd be said if they left, that Japan would become a villain.

  3. Michael Cohen:

    I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy, i am not a villain of this story and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.

  4. 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,'.

  5. Mike Bawden:

    It’s always so easy to Monday morning quarterback the ER, but everyone was really nice — even the other patients, i think it’s important for folks to realize that nobody’s the villain.

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