villain

noun vil·lain \ ˈvi-lən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of villain

1 : a character in a story or play who opposes the hero
2 : a deliberate scoundrel or criminal
3 : one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty
  • automation as the villain in job … displacement
  • —M. H. Goldberg
4 : villein
5 : an uncouth person : boor

Examples of villain in a Sentence

  1. He plays the villain in most of his movies.

  2. She describes her first husband as a villain who treated her terribly.

  3. Don't try to make me the villain. It's your own fault that you're having these problems.

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Origin and Etymology of villain

Middle English vilain, vilein, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin villanus, from Latin villa


VILLAIN Defined for English Language Learners

villain

noun

Definition of villain for English Language Learners

  • : 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


VILLAIN Defined for Kids

villain

noun vil·lain \ ˈvi-lən \

Definition of villain for Students

1 : a wicked person
2 : a character in a story or play who opposes the hero or heroine


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