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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.]
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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
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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]
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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"
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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
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villain

noun
A mean, worthless character in a story or play:
Slang: heavy.
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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
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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villain

[ˈvɪlən] nmascalzone m (hum) (rascal) → briccone/a; (scoundrel) → canaglia; (in novel, film) → cattivo (fam) (criminal) → delinquente m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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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
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