villain

  • 1Villain — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Erwin Villain (1898–1934), deutscher Arzt und SA Führer Raoul Villain (1885–1936), französischer Nationalist Marcel Brun, Pseudonym Jean Villain (1928–2006), Journalist und Schriftsteller Jean Villain… …

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  • 2Villain — Vil lain, n. [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See {Villa}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3villain — c.1300, base or low born rustic, from Anglo Fr. and O.Fr. villain, from M.L. villanus farmhand, from L. villa country house (see VILLA (Cf. villa)). The most important phases of the sense development of this word may be summed up as follows:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4villain — villain, scoundrel, blackguard, knave, rascal, rogue, scamp, rapscallion, miscreant can all denote a low, mean, and reprehensible person utterly lacking in principles. Villain describes one utterly given to crime, evil, and baseness {are not made …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5villain — villain, villein The two spellings are forms of a single word with two branches, originally meaning either ‘a low born rustic’ or ‘a serf in the feudal system’ and derived from the Latin word villa meaning ‘country house or farm’. The spelling… …

    Modern English usage

  • 6Villain — Vil lain, a. [F. vilain.] Villainous. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7Villain — Vil lain, v. t. To debase; to degrade. [Obs.] Sir T. More. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8villain — index convict, criminal, hoodlum, malefactor, wrongdoer Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9villain — [n] evil person antihero, blackguard*, brute, caitiff, creep*, criminal, devil, enfant terrible*, evildoer, heel, libertine, lowlife*, malefactor, mischief maker*, miscreant, offender, profligate, rapscallion, rascal, reprobate, scoundrel, sinner …

    New thesaurus

  • 10villain — ► NOUN 1) a person who is guilty or capable of a crime or wickedness; a wrongdoer. 2) a character in a novel or play whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. DERIVATIVES villainous adjective villainy noun. ORIGIN originally in the …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11villain — [vil′ən] n. [ME vilein < OFr vilain < VL villanus, a farm servant < L villa, a farm: see VILLA] 1. a person guilty of or likely to commit great crimes; evil or wicked person; scoundrel 2. a wicked or unprincipled character in a novel,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 12Villain — Bad guy redirects here. For the 2002 South Korean film, see Bad Guy (film). For other uses, see Villain (disambiguation). One popular concept of the villain , meant to mimic the purposely distinctive visage of villains, initially from the stage… …

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  • 13Villain — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Villain peut désigner : Sommaire 1 Patronymes 2 Cinéma et télévision …

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  • 14villain —    This was Originally the same word as ‘villein’, referring to a serf who was attached to a villa, or estate. Such serfs were low born and of rather primitive habits, and some were naturally disposed to base or criminal behaviour. The latter… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 15villain — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ movie, pantomime (BrE), screen ▪ He wore a black cloak, like a pantomime villain. ▪ He doesn t fit the standard stereotype of a movie villain. ▪ evil …

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  • 16villain — [[t]vɪ̱lən[/t]] villains 1) N COUNT A villain is someone who deliberately harms other people or breaks the law in order to get what he or she wants. 2) N COUNT The villain in a novel, film, or play is the main bad character. 3) PHRASE: villain… …

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  • 17Villain —    The villains of melodrama as well as those of Shakespeare provided some of the juiciest roles for an actor. Indeed, many of the great actors like Robert Mantell, John McCullough, and Thomas W. Keene made a specialty of Richard III. In lines of …

    The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • 18villain — n. an arch, consummate villain USAGE NOTE: In AE, villain is mostly literary or humorous; in BE slang, it still means criminal . * * * [ vɪlən] consummate villain (USAGE NOTE: In AE, villain is mostly literary or humorous; in BE slang, it still… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19villain — noun (C) 1 the main bad character in a film, play, or story 2 BrE informal a bad person or criminal: Watch him he s a bit of a villain! 3 the villain of the piece often humorous the person or thing that has caused all the trouble in a particular… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20villain */ — UK [ˈvɪlən] / US noun [countable] Word forms villain : singular villain plural villains 1) a) the main bad character in a story, play, film etc. The main good character is the hero or heroine He s just like the villain out of a James Bond film.… …

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