villain

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noun vil·lain \ˈvi-lən\

Definition of villain

  1. 1 :  a character in a story or play who opposes the hero

  2. 2 :  a deliberate scoundrel or criminal

  3. 3 :  one blamed for a particular evil or difficulty automation as the villain in job … displacement — M. H. Goldberg

  4. 4 :  villein

  5. 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.

Origin and Etymology of villain

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


First Known Use: 14th century


VILLAIN Defined for English Language Learners

villain

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noun vil·lain \ˈvi-lən\

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

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noun vil·lain \ˈvi-lən\

Definition of villain for Students

  1. 1 :  a wicked person

  2. 2 :  a character in a story or play who opposes the hero or heroine



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