Definition of villain in English:


Syllabification: vil·lain
Pronunciation: /ˈvilən


  • 1(In a film, novel, or play) a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot: the terrorists are cartoon villains I have played more good guys than villains
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    • Voldermort is the evil villain in the novel, the murderer of Harry's parents, and the creature who plans to kill Harry.
    • This ancestry may also account for the difficulty of explaining the motives of Shakespeare's villains.
    • This is a line that is greatly overused in action movies where an evil villain has plotted to take over the world… or whatever.
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, felon, convict, malefactor, wrongdoer; gangster, gunman, thief, robber; rogue, reprobate, ruffian, hoodlum; miscreant, scoundrel; Law malfeasant
    informal crook, con, bad guy, baddy, lowlife
    dated cad, knave
    archaic blackguard
  • 1.1The person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage: the industrialized nations are the real environmental villains
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    • 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.
    • The real villains of this piece are the weekend cottagers, who bring little to our Dales communities except inflated house prices.
    • They even try to hold the country's governing council responsible for the villain's actions and demand immediate attacks.
  • 2 archaic variant spelling of villein.


Middle English (in the sense 'a rustic, boor'): from Old French vilein, based on Latin villa (see villa).

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