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.
- 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 *v&imacron;llanus, feudal serf, from Latin v&imacron;lla, country house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.