What does villain mean?

Definitions for villain
ˈvɪl ənvil·lain

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

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. Terrell Suggs:

    You’re naturally the villain when you go into an opponent’s stadium, anyway, you might as well not shy away from it. You might as well bask in it and enjoy it. I’m not supposed to be the opponent’s favorite player. You’re not supposed to like me. I don’t play for you. I represent Ravens Nation. I just enjoy it.

  2. Todd Phillips:

    The truth is you see it and its heartbreaking. And hes heartbreaking, and you know what happens in the movies when you have a world that lacks empathy and lacks love? You get the villain you deserve.

  3. James Hong:

    I did the best as an actor to overcome the cliché-ness because I had to in order to keep working, i took those roles and then I used what my teachers had taught me and put the real feelings, even if it's a villain... I try to find what makes the person really that person.

  4. Proverb:

    A good man in an evil society seems the greatest villain of all

  5. Mark McGrath:

    It’s Omarosa time! Time to talk about her stint in the White House. But, you always have to remember, this si 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.

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