What does villain mean?

Definitions for villain
ˈvɪl ənvil·lain

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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

Wiktionary

  1. villain(Noun)

    A vile, wicked person.

    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.

  2. villain(Noun)

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

    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.

  3. villain(Noun)

    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.

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

    Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]

  2. Villain(noun)

    a baseborn or clownish person; a boor

    Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]

  4. Villain(adj)

    villainous

    Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]

  5. Villain(verb)

    to debase; to degrade

    Etymology: [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]

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".

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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Numerology

  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. Mark McGrath:

    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.

  2. Beilby Porteus, Death, A Poem:

    One murder makes a villain, millions a hero.

  3. Amy Winehouse:

    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.

  4. Ted CRUZ:

    This is not a cage match, and you look at the questions: 'Donald Trump are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson can you do math? John Kasich will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio why don't you resign? Jeb Bush why have your numbers fallen?' How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?

  5. Henrique Capriles:

    Every day the lid is lifted on another case of corruption involving representatives of the national government, one example is what's happening with ex-minister Garcia, who was a hero for the government, and is now a villain. They're airing their dirty laundry ... These gentlemen are responsible for ruining our country.

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  • الوغدArabic
  • 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
  • נבלHebrew
  • 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
  • nhân vật phản diệnVietnamese
  • 惡棍Chinese

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