Villain meaning

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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.

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A person guilty of or likely to commit great crimes; evil or wicked person; scoundrel.
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A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.
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Someone or something regarded as the cause of a problem, difficulty, injustice, etc.
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A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.
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A wicked or unprincipled character in a novel, play, etc., specif. the chief such character opposed to the protagonist.
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A boor; lout.
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A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.
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Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil.

Poverty, the villain in the increase of crime.

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Origin of villain

  • Middle English vilein feudal serf, person of coarse feelings from Old French from Vulgar Latin vīllānus feudal serf from Latin vīlla country house weik-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably Middle English villein, from Old French villain (modern: vilain), in turn from Late Latin villanus, meaning serf or peasant, someone who is bound to the soil of a Latin villa, which is to say, worked on the equivalent of a plantation in late Antiquity, in Italy or Gaul.

    From Wiktionary