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Meaning of VILLAIN

Pronunciation:  'vilun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
  2. [n]  the principle bad character in a film or work of fiction

VILLAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: baddie, scoundrel
 See Also: blackguard, bounder, cad, character, dog, gallows bird, heel, hound, knave, part, persona, persona non grata, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, role, scalawag, scallywag, theatrical role, unwelcome person, varlet, villainess



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vil"lain\, n. [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus,
    from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See {Villa}.]
    1. (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. [In this sense written also
       {villan}, and {villein}.]
             If any of my ansectors was a tenant, and a servant,
             and held his lands as a villain to his lord, his
             posterity also must do so, though accidentally they
             become noble.                         --Jer. Taylor.
    Note: Villains were of two sorts; villains regardant, that
          is, annexed to the manor (LL. adscripti gleb[ae]); and
          villains in gross, that is, annexed to the person of
          their lord, and transferable from one to another.
    2. A baseborn or clownish person; a boor. [R.]
             Pour the blood of the villain in one basin, and the
             blood of the gentleman in another, what difference
             shall there be proved?                --Becon.
    3. A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and
       capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel;
       a knave; a rascal; a scamp.
             Like a villain with a smiling cheek.  --Shak.
             Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix.
  2. \Vil"lain\, a. [F. vilain.]
    Villainous. [R.] --Shak.
  3. \Vil"lain\, v. t.
    To debase; to degrade. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.