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vil·lain

 (vĭl′ən)
n.
1. A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.
2. A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.
3. (also vĭl′ān′, vĭ-lān′) Variant of villein.
4. Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil: poverty, the villain in the increase of crime.
5. Obsolete A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.

[Middle English vilein, feudal serf, person of coarse feelings, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vīllānus, feudal serf, from Latin vīlla, country house; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

villain

(ˈvɪlən)
n
1. a wicked or malevolent person
2. (in a novel, play, film, etc) the main evil character and antagonist to the hero
3. often jocular a mischievous person; rogue
4. police slang Brit a criminal
5. (Historical Terms) history a variant spelling of villein
6. obsolete an uncouth person; boor
[C14: from Old French vilein serf, from Late Latin vīllānus worker on a country estate, from Latin: villa]
ˈvillainess fem n

vil•lain

(ˈvɪl ən)

n.
1. a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
2. a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.
[1275–1325; < Middle French < Late Latin villānus a farm servant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.villain - a wicked or evil personvillain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
unwelcome person, persona non grata - a person who for some reason is not wanted or welcome
blackguard, bounder, cad, hound, heel, dog - someone who is morally reprehensible; "you dirty dog"
gallows bird - a person who deserves to be hanged
knave, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, varlet, scalawag, scallywag - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
villainess - a woman villain
2.villain - the principal bad character in a film or work of fictionvillain - the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"

villain

noun
1. evildoer, criminal, rogue, profligate, scoundrel, wretch, libertine, knave (archaic), reprobate, miscreant, malefactor, blackguard, rapscallion, caitiff (archaic) As a copper, I've spent my life putting villains like him away.
2. baddy (informal), antihero Darth Vader, the villain of the Star Wars trilogy
baddy hero, heroine, goody

villain

noun
A mean, worthless character in a story or play:
Slang: heavy.
Translations
نَذْل، وَغْدوَغْد
darebákzlosyn
skurkslyngel
roisto
negativac
òorpari
悪党
악한
nelietis
zlosyn
hudobnež
skurk
ตัวชั่วร้าย
hainkötü adam
kẻ ác

villain

[ˈvɪlən] N
1. (= wrongdoer) → maleante mf, delincuente mf
2. (hum) (= rascal) → bribón/ona m/f, tunante/a m/f
3. (in novel, film) → malo/a m/f
the villain of the piece is Malone (hum) → el malo de la historia es Malone

villain

[ˈvɪlən] n
(in novel, film, play)méchant m
He was cast as the villain → Il avait le rôle du méchant.
(= scoundrel) → scélérat m
(= criminal) → bandit m

villain

n
(= scoundrel)Schurke m, → Schurkin f; (inf: = criminal) → Verbrecher(in) m(f), → Ganove m (inf)
(in drama, novel) → Bösewicht m
(inf: = rascal) → Bengel m; he’s the villain of the pieceer ist der Übeltäter

villain

[ˈvɪlən] nmascalzone m (hum) (rascal) → briccone/a; (scoundrel) → canaglia; (in novel, film) → cattivo (fam) (criminal) → delinquente m

villain

(ˈvilən) noun
a person who is wicked or of very bad character. the villain of the play/story.
ˈvillainous adjective
ˈvillainyplural ˈvillainies noun
(an instance of) wickedness. His villainy was well known.

villain

وَغْد darebák skurk Bösewicht αχρείος villano roisto méchant negativac furfante 悪党 악한 schurk kjeltring łajdak vilão злодей skurk ตัวชั่วร้าย hain kẻ ác 恶棍
References in classic literature ?
I don't care if Hugo does come at me with a pistol," returned Amy, who was not gifted with dramatic power, but was chosen because she was small enough to be borne out shrieking by the villain of the piece.
She stole on tiptoe to the window, as cautiously as if she conceived some bloody-minded villain to be watching behind the elm-tree, with intent to take her life.
Hence, too, the Latin word vilis and our vile, also villain.
You'll tell him you's sole me to pay yo' gamblin' debts en dat you lied to me en was a villain, en dat I 'quires you to git dat money en buy me back ag'in.
Lord, I hear 'em say he's the bloodiest looking villain in this country, and they won- der he wasn't ever hung before.
I say awakened, because time and London, business and dissipation, had in some measure quieted it, and I had been growing a fine hardened villain, fancying myself indifferent to her, and chusing to fancy that she too must have become indifferent to me; talking to myself of our past attachment as a mere idle, trifling business, shrugging up my shoulders in proof of its being so, and silencing every reproach, overcoming every scruple, by secretly saying now and then,
I obeyed; and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
My own love, remember the better days at home before that cowardly villain stole his way into your heart; remember the happy time at Combe-Raven when we were always together.
Or do you complain because your wife has shown the proper spirit of a woman, and punished the villain who trifled with her affections?
MAURICE LENNOX was the villain," said Anne indignantly.
He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.
They encouraged the struggling hero with cries, and jeered the villain, hooting and calling attention to his whiskers.