- 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 villainsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1The person or thing responsible for specified trouble, harm, or damage: the industrialized nations are the real environmental villainsMore example sentences
- 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).