Definition of 'villain'


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1. Archaic form of villein.

2. The bad person in a work of fiction; often the main antagonist of the hero.

3. this sense?) (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): A vile, wicked person.

4. A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.

5. A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.

6. Obsolete A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.

7. Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil.

8. rare A baseborn or clownish person; a boor.

9. (Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant.

10. A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp.

11. a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately

12. the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction

13. A member of the lowest class of unfree persons during the prevalence of the feudal system; a feudal serf.

14. Hence An ignoble or base-born person generally; a boor, peasant, or clown.

15. A man of ignoble or base character; especially, one who is guilty or capable of gross wickedness; a scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a rogue: often used humorously in affectionate or jocose reproach.

16. rare Villainous.

17. obsolete, transitive To debase; to degrade.

18. obsolete To debase; to degrade.


1. The striker became the villain of the piece after a challenge that provoked a shoving match.

2. All ideological battles have their heroes and villains.

3. Republicans make better heroes, better villains and better sets of pecs.

4. When a video game villain gets fed up with being a baddie, he decides to fulfil his dream of being good.

5. It's telling that the most unpleasant villain of the piece is not the evil crime boss or any of his sadistic henchmen.

6. People looking for villains will search, mostly, in vain.

7. English football's pantomime villain realised our referees were not for changing, so it was time to stop being a pain in the backside.

8. It seems that 4½ years spent in one building can transform you from a villain to a hero in the eyes of parts of the American right.

9. But both could smile and smile and yet play the villain.

10. Perhaps footballers are the only people who double as heroes and villains within the very same subculture.

11. They kept getting the villain all wrong.

12. It happened to villains and nasty people.

13. The cheeky birds join forces with spies to stop an evil villain destroying the world.

14. The main villain in the piece is austerity.

15. Fixed penalties and conditional cautions mean victims receive no compensation and the villain gets no sentence.

16. The best of these also shone a searing light on the society that had spawned their heroes and villains.

17. There is another villain of the piece - his teacher.

18. So often she's been the pantomime villain but suddenly she seemed sensitive and vulnerable.

19. But playing the villain had its downside for Larry.

20. One hundred years on, the iceberg is still the villain of the piece.

21. They came face-to-face with some of the most evil villains in the land.

22. Indeed, they played up the role of pantomime villain.

23. It is seen as the principal villain of the piece - fairly or not.

24. It is that while bankers are the main villains of the piece, we are all as much to blame for being greedy.

25. Q What was it like to play a villain?

26. It recalls a time when the villains in Hollywood films always had German accents.

27. He then used his mobile to write the film villain's catchphrase'Why so serious!

28. Their main villain is a criminal who was teleported with them and thus has the same powers as them.

29. The main villain is the trickster Coyote in Southwestern Native American (and Norse) myths, and other supernatural characters come from Native American legends.

30. By the end, it seems to be revealed that their main villain is this weird-looking nekomimi guy with a not-so-good fashion sense.

31. Jensen Ackles brings a suitable cocky menace to the title villain, but he too sounds a bit like a Will Friedle, who played a protege of the elder Bruce Wayne in the futuristic Batman Beyond.

32. These circumstances combined to attach to the term villain ideas of crime and guilt, in so forcible a manner that the application of the epithet even to those to whom it legally belonged became an affront, and was abstained from whenever no affront was intended.

33. Kevin Spacey lets his mean streak run wild in 'Richard III' at BAM Alastair Muir/AP Kevin Spacey as the title villain in Shakespeare's 'Richard III'

34. NO '' (1962): Sean Connery's first screen outing as James Bond pits novelist Ian Fleming's superspy against the title villain (Joseph Wiseman), who is interfering with rocket launches.

35. The term villain stems from Roman times and was used to describe someone who worked the land but was without honour.

36. I love how you forgot that Ozzy being a villain is a spoiler.

37. “After years of taking my sons to the movies and having them leave the theatre with the villain as their favorite character, we decided to make a movie where the villain is the protagonist.”

38. ‘Voldermort is the evil villain in the novel, the murderer of Harry's parents, and the creature who plans to kill Harry.’

39. ‘This ancestry may also account for the difficulty of explaining the motives of Shakespeare's villains.’

40. ‘This is a line that is greatly overused in action movies where an evil villain has plotted to take over the world… or whatever.’

41. ‘Of course the evil plot that the villain finally springs in the third act makes no particular sense.’

42. ‘To intensify the tragedy of King Lear, Shakespeare has not one but two tragic characters and four villains.’

43. ‘In Orwell's novel 1984, Big Brother is the evil villain.’

44. ‘Are all of Shakespeare's villains ' motives intelligible?’

45. ‘Sir Andrew describes the character as ‘one of the best villains in Victorian fiction’.’

46. ‘They have characters and plots, heroes and villains.’

47. ‘Chaucer was great, the villain was definitely evil, and the jousting/action scenes were very well done.’

48. ‘While Woodward would gladly play the role of pantomime villain this summer when he takes his Lions to New Zealand, he is not so keen to have the boos and hisses directed at his players.’

49. ‘For this act he inherited the role of pantomime villain and was booed roundly every time he touched the ball from then on.’

50. ‘John Lawton writes spy novels in which the spies are villains, and there's no doubt about it.’

51. ‘There's even a Hollywood feature film in production, featuring Ben Kingsley as evil villain the Hood, and due for release sometime next year.’

52. ‘In the tradition of really silly cod spy thrillers, the villains are out to set the world aflame and xXx will have to use all of his powers and lots of high tech stuff to save us all.’

53. ‘In the James Bond thriller On Her Majesty's Secret Service a villain dies horribly when he pitches on to a toboggan run and slides to the bottom - by which time he is hamburger.’

54. ‘‘It is a thriller where the main villain is not a person but AIDS itself,’ says Mr. Sarup.’

55. ‘A normal thriller would have a villain, ready to strike at any moment and a hero in hot pursuit of the truth that will set him or her free.’

56. ‘Ripley is the ambiguous, charming villain in Patricia Highsmith's iconic series of novels who has fascinated readers since he first appeared in 1955.’

57. ‘The plot involves three villains who inveigle a girl into prostitution in order to make ends meet.’

58. ‘Wevers believes Iago is the most evil of his villains.’

59. ‘One villains' network put up for sale a database containing credit card details of 7,000 Britons.’

60. ‘As has been pointed out previously on spiked, the status of victim and villain are often interchangeable.’

61. ‘See how they posed and strutted among the terrified hostages, playing the part of big, scary villains.’

62. ‘Although some villains were rejected, the M.E.N. probe found many were given the go-ahead despite divulging a string of convictions.’

63. ‘Sadly, the young villains cycled off.’

64. ‘But in our post modern age they are charged with the amorphous task of policing the fear of crime ' as well as chasing actual villains.’

65. ‘In the Sierra Nevada's Owens Valley, though, he is bitterly regarded as the villain who stole farmers' water and drove them to ruin.’

66. ‘They will target villains living off their proceeds of crime and take them to court to strip them of their homes, cars and cash.’

67. ‘But it is the Scottish banks which are the real villains of the piece, all huddled together in an abysmal performance right at the bottom of the league table.’

68. ‘The real villains of this piece are the weekend cottagers, who bring little to our Dales communities except inflated house prices.’

69. ‘They even try to hold the country's governing council responsible for the villain's actions and demand immediate attacks.’

70. ‘BBC One is attempting to locate and vanquish the villain responsible.’

71. ‘Trichinosis, a parasite found in pork, is the villain responsible for this accepted practice of burning of our precious pork chops.’

72. ‘To me, he is a great villain, responsible for millions of deaths and for keeping the country in poverty.’

73. ‘The real villain in this depiction is the devil.’

74. ‘An obscene moral inversion has taken place in mainstream thinking, in which those who commit mass murder are viewed with sympathy while their victims are presented as the real villains.’

75. ‘But neither Lecter, nor the terrible Mason, are the real villains of ‘Hannibal’.’

76. ‘Ever since I learnt about cities and transport planning, I realised that the real villains in urban chaos are personal vehicles.’

77. ‘But the real villains in the story are Green and Allen.’

78. ‘But in Furst's writing it's not always entirely clear who the real villains are.’

79. ‘Ayurveds also agree that the real villains behind hypertension are smoking, alcohol consumption and high salt intake.’

80. ‘The real villains he fingers as the Newfoundlanders, who waded into the auks' domains and ravaged them without mercy.’

81. ‘Why is it taking more than three months to investigate the real villain?’

82. ‘He and his pals have to find the real villain to clear Harry and stop the carnage.’

83. ‘As for Australian ports' image of being environmental villains, Hirst says the tag is undeserved for the most part.’

84. ‘The most egregious environmental villains in the tableware industry are probably plastic disposables.’

85. ‘Is the English ivy covering the unattractive fence in my backyard really an environmental villain?’

86. ‘The main villains of the piece actually are two white middle-class lawyers and policemen.’

87. was a mean person and considered a villain by all

Other users have misspelling villain as:

1. villian 30.69%

2. villan 12.27%

3. vellaian 2.89%

4. vilan 1.81%

5. velan 1.81%

6. Other 50.53%

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