What does villain mean?

Definitions for villain
ˈvɪl ənvil·lain

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word villain.

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

Wiktionary

  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.

Wikipedia

  1. Villain

    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.

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  1. villain

    A villain is a character in a story, play, film, or other narrative work who embodies wickedness and perpetrates harm, conflict, or evil deeds towards other characters, often the protagonist. This character's actions and intentions are typically malicious, and they are usually in opposition to the heroes or protagonists. The role of the villain is often critical to driving the story's plot and defining the values or qualities of the protagonist.

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

    villainous

  5. Villainverb

    to debase; to degrade

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

Wikidata

  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. David Duchovny:

    I think people love a villain, he's a part of the show that's fun.

  3. Famous Proverb:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Chuck Canterbury:

    It's almost a radical rhetoric causing officers to say, 'Wait a second, I'm out here to serve the public. I saved a little old lady from a purse snatching. I gave CPR on the highway and saved somebody. Now, I'm a villain?'.

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