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a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
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.
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.
A villain (also known as a "black hat" or "bad guy"; the feminine form is villainess) is a stock character, whether based on a historical narrative or one of literary fiction. Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines such a character 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". The antonym of a villain is a hero. The villain's structural purpose is to serve as the opposition of the hero character and their motives or evil actions drive a plot along. In contrast to the hero, who is defined by feats of ingenuity and bravery and the pursuit of justice and the greater good, a villain is often defined by their acts of selfishness, evilness, arrogance, cruelty, and cunning, displaying immoral behavior that can oppose or pervert justice.
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
Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]
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
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
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.
The numerical value of villain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of villain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of villain in a Sentence
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.
I think they were framing things in a way to Roger Stone as a villain to the jury.
What they have tried to do was to make a film which is a Hollywood blockbuster. They have forgotten it is a documentary, there is a villain, me ... and there's the heroine who dies at the end ... My overall feeling is of grave disappointment.
It’s Omarosa time! Time to talk about her stint in the White House. But, you always have to remember, this is Omarosa, a world-class realty TV villain, is it true? Is it game? Is it her story? Is it the real story? It’s Omarosa’s world, and I’m just living in it.
A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all
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- padouch, záporný hrdinaCzech
- slyngel, skurkDanish
- Bösewicht, Schurke, Oberböse, GaunerGerman
- κακός, παλιάνθρωπος, κάθαρμα, αχρείοςGreek
- رعيت, تبه کارPersian
- kelmi, roisto, lurjus, konnaFinnish
- paysan, méchant, scélérat, vilainFrench
- gazember, gonoszHungarian
- vassallo, farabutto, cattivo, scellerato, servo feudale, canaglia, mascalzone, criminale, furfanteItalian
- 悪人, 悪漢, 悪党, 悪役Japanese
- ಪೋಕರಿ, ಹೋಕ, ಪೋಕKannada
- негативец, злобник, никаквецMacedonian
- കുറുക്കൻ, ചതിയൻ, വഞ്ചകൻMalayalam
- schurk, slechterikDutch
- kriminell, kjeltringNorwegian
- ájígaléidiiNavajo, Navaho
- złoczyńca, czarny charakter, łajdak, łotrPolish
- salafrário, vilão, patifePortuguese
- iobag, viclean, șerb, spirit rău, mișel, vecin, ticălos, răufăcătorRomanian
- подлец, вассал, мерзавец, злодей, негодяйRussian
- злобник, zlobnik, негативац, negativacSerbo-Croatian
- bov, skurkSwedish
- kötü adamTurkish
- nhân vật phản diệnVietnamese
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