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Audiences just naturally hate me on screen. I could play a role in a tuxedo, and people would think I was rotten. You can do much more with a villain part.
Lee Van Cleef

Meaning of "villain" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD VILLAIN

From Old French vilein serf, from Late Latin vīllānus worker on a country estate, from Latin: villa.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF VILLAIN

villain  [ˈvɪlən] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VILLAIN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Villain is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES VILLAIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Villain

A villain is an "evil" character in a story, whether a historical narrative or, especially, a work of fiction. The villain usually is the antagonist, the character who tends to have a negative effect on other characters. A female villain is sometimes called a villainess. Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines villain as "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot".

Definition of villain in the English dictionary

The first definition of villain in the dictionary is a wicked or malevolent person. Other definition of villain is the main evil character and antagonist to the hero. Villain is also a mischievous person; rogue.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VILLAIN


abutilon
əˈbjuːtɪlən
Babylon
ˈbæbɪlən
billon
ˈbɪlən
castellan
ˈkæstɪlən
Dylan
ˈdɪlən
Galen
ˈɡeɪlən
Macmillan
məkˈmɪlən
McMillan
məkˈmɪlən
out-villain
ˌaʊtˈvɪlən
pylon
ˈpaɪlən
scintillon
sɪnˈtɪlən
Venezuelan
ˌvɛnɪˈzweɪlən
villein
ˈvɪlən

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VILLAIN

village green
village hall
village idiot
village school
village-like
villager
villagery
villagisation
villagization
Villahermosa
villainage
villainess
villainies
villainous
villainously
villainousness
villainy
villanage
villanella
villanelle

WORDS THAT END LIKE VILLAIN

blain
bromelain
chamberlain
Champlain
chaplain
chatelain
chilblain
complain
Cuchullain
explain
flood plain
lain
Lake Champlain
Lord Chamberlain
overlain
plain
porcelain
Salisbury Plain
slain
underlain

Synonyms and antonyms of villain in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «VILLAIN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «villain» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of villain

Translation of «villain» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VILLAIN

Find out the translation of villain to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of villain from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «villain» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

恶棍
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

villano
570 millions of speakers

English

villain
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

खलनायक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

وَغْد
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

злодей
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

vilão
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুর্জন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

méchant
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penjahat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Bösewicht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪党
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

악한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jahat
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

kẻ ác
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வில்லன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खलनायक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

cani
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

furfante
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

łajdak
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

злісний злочинець
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

răufăcător
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αχρείος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

booswig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

skurk
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kjeltring
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of villain

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VILLAIN»

The term «villain» is very widely used and occupies the 13.403 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «VILLAIN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «villain» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «villain» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about villain

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10 QUOTES WITH «VILLAIN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word villain.
1
Scott Adkins
I prefer to play the villain or the antihero.
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Clive Barker
I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
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Mel Brooks
A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.
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Michael Caine
The American cinema in general always made stories about working-class people; the British rarely did. Any person with my working-class background would be a villain or a comic cipher, usually badly played, and with a rotten accent. There weren't a lot of guys in England for me to look up to.
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Tia Carrere
Having the Stitch character, the villain that becomes a hero, coming from outer space, it took a very difficult and complex story and put it into a simpler, kinder time.
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Lee Van Cleef
Audiences just naturally hate me on screen. I could play a role in a tuxedo, and people would think I was rotten. You can do much more with a villain part.
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Lee Van Cleef
Movies are full of leading men, most of whom aren't working. It's much harder to find a good villain.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
A villain to me is someone who actively seeks to hurt someone or does things for his own gain.
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Valorie Curry
If you're going to play a villain, there's no greater compliment than being told that you give people nightmares. I never thought I would be the actor that would give people nightmares.
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Nicholas D'Agosto
In the summer after sixth grade, I took a class at St. Robert Bellarmine. My first role, I was the villain in a play, and I forgot all my lines. I think I cried my way through the performance.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VILLAIN»

Discover the use of villain in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to villain and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master ...
A delightfully evil gift, How to Be a Villain is a step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness.
Neil Zawacki, 2012
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Blackjack Villain
I'm Blackjack.
Ben Bequer, alfred sanchez, 2012
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From Villain to Hero: Odysseus in Ancient Thought
From Villain to Hero explores the reception of Odysseus in philosophy from the Socratics to the Middle Platonists.
Silvia Montiglio, 2011
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The Disney villain
Two supervising animators for the Disney studios offer an inside look at the great Disney cartoon villains, from the evil Queen Maleficent to Jafar, featuring full-color portraits, scenes from the films, and discussions on how these ...
Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, 1993
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An Analysis of the Shakespearean Villain in 'Othello' and ...
Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Munster (Englisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: Is there a difference between a tragic villain and a ...
Nadine Stuke, 2013
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Neither Villain nor Victim: Empowerment and Agency among ...
Advancing important new perspectives about the position of women in the drug world, this book is essential reading in courses on women and crime, feminist theory, and criminal justice.
Tammy Anderson, 2008
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Villain School: Good Curses Evil
Twelve-year-old Rune Drexler is a student at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains.
Stephanie S. Sanders, 2011
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Super-Villain Showdown
COMIC STRIP FICTION / GRAPHIC NOVELS.
Paul Kupperberg, 2010
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The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of ...
Journalist Gary Chafetz presents an alternative view of the political corruption scandal surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff using new information and exclusive interviews with Abramoff.
Gary S. Chafetz, 2008
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The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans
Don Whillans has an iconic significance for generations of climbers.
Jim Perrin, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VILLAIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term villain is used in the context of the following news items.
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Benicio Del Toro might play a Star Wars villain
In a fun callback to 2011, when we were all certain that Benicio Del Toro would play the villain in the then-untitled Star Trek sequel, The Wrap is reporting that ... «A.V. Club, Jul 15»
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First look at X-Men's new giant blue villain, Apocalypse
First look at X-Men's new giant blue villain, Apocalypse. Entertainment Weekly cover showcases first look at "X-Men: Apocalypse." Entertainment Weekly ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
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Uttama Villain
Review: Uttama Villain is one of those films with a meta narrative where the line between the reel and the real becomes hard to distinguish. It stars Kamal ... «Times of India, May 15»
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Tamil Nadu to See Less of Kamal Haasan in Uttama Villain
"The original running time was 172 minutes. The makers have trimmed it by a few minutes as they felt the movie is too lengthy," an industry source said. «NDTV, Apr 15»
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'Gotham' is back from break with new villain
Even though there was nobody in a cape and cowl hanging out, it didn't take long for longtime Batman fan Milo Ventimiglia to feel right at home on Fox's Gotham ... «USA TODAY, Apr 15»
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Angelina Jolie goes from villain to hero as her super cute children …
She may have been the ultimate villain for her role in Maleficent but to her kids Angelina Jolie is the world's biggest hero. The Junior Jolies went positively crazy ... «mirror.co.uk, Mar 15»
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Idris Elba Could be Your Next Star Trek Villain
Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3. Between this and Benedict Cumberbatch in the previous Star Trek installment, ... «Vanity Fair, Mar 15»
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James Bond 'did not change Mexican villain', says producer
The Mexican government, conscious of bad publicity over its violent drug lord culture, did not want the new James Bond film to feature a Mexican villain. «Telegraph.co.uk, Mar 15»
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The Flash And Arrow Spinoff Will Feature A Big DC Villain That …
Greg Berlanti recently spoke out that a noticeable villain will be among the new additions, along with a female superhero. But first, let's talk about that villain:. «Cinema Blend, Mar 15»
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Drea de Matteo Joins Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Villain Role
Marvel Entertainment has announced today that “The Sopranos” and “Sons of Anarchy” star Drea de Matteo has joined the cast of “Marvel's Agents of ... «ComingSoon.net, Feb 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Villain [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/villain>. Aug 2019 ».
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