Definition of villain
- automation as the villain in job … displacement
- —M. H. Goldberg
He plays the villain in most of his movies.
She describes her first husband as a villain who treated her terribly.
Don't try to make me the villain. It's your own fault that you're having these problems.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things
: a person who does bad things
: someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty
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