The definition of a villain is a person or fictional character who is evil or who causes danger or harm.
An example of a villain is the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz who wants to harm Dorothy.
- a person guilty of or likely to commit great crimes; evil or wicked person; scoundrel
- a wicked or unprincipled character in a novel, play, etc., specif. the chief such character opposed to the protagonist
- someone or something regarded as the cause of a problem, difficulty, injustice, etc.
- alt. sp. of villein
- Obs. a boor; lout
Origin of villainMiddle English vilein from Old French vilain from Vulgar Latin villanus, a farm servant from Classical Latin villa, a farm: see villa
- A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.
- A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.
- Variant of villein
- Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil: poverty, the villain in the increase of crime.
- Obsolete A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.
Origin of villainMiddle English vilein feudal serf, person of coarse feelings from Old French from Vulgar Latin vīllānus feudal serf from Latin vīlla country house ; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.