- villan (archaic)
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.
villain (plural villains)
- (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): A vile, wicked person.
- The bad person in a work of fiction; often the main antagonist of the hero.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Affair at the Novelty Theatre:
- Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.
- July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises
- As The Dark Knight Rises brings a close to Christopher Nolan’s staggeringly ambitious Batman trilogy, it’s worth remembering that director chose The Scarecrow as his first villain—not necessarily the most popular among the comic’s gallery of rogues, but the one who set the tone for entire series.
- Archaic form of villein.
- bad guy
- See also Wikisaurus:villain
- See also Wikisaurus:troublemaker
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- (obsolete, transitive) To debase; to degrade.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir T. More to this entry?)