Definitions for: Villain


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Blackstone.

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.
--Pope.


Vil"lain, a. [F. vilain.]
Villainous. [R.] --Shak.


Vil"lain, v. t.
To debase; to degrade. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.

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

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