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villain

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English

a stereotypical villain (1,2,4)

Etymology

Probably Middle English villein from Old French villain (modern: vilain), in turn from Late [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] villanus, meaning serf or peasant, someone who is bound to the soil of a villa, which is to say, worked on the equivalent of a plantation in late Antiquity, in Italy or Gaul.

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Noun

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villain

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  1. A vile, wicked person.
  2. An extremely depraved person, or one capable or guilty of great crimes.
  3. A deliberate scoundrel.
  4. The bad person in a stage or screen play.
  5. (archaic) The lowest level of medieval serfdom.

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Noun

villain

  1. Genitive plural form of villa.

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