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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Villain \Vil"lain\, noun [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus, from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See {Villa}.]

1. (Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant. [In this sense written also {villan}, and {villein}.]

If any of my ansectors was a tenant, and a servant, and held his lands as a villain to his lord, his posterity also must do so, though accidentally they become noble. --Jer. Taylor.

Note: Villains were of two sorts; villains regardant, that is, annexed to the manor (LL. adscripti glebae); and villains in gross, that is, annexed to the person of their lord, and transferable from one to another. --Blackstone.

2. A baseborn or clownish person; a boor. [R.]

Pour the blood of the villain in one basin, and the blood of the gentleman in another, what difference shall there be proved? --Becon.

3. A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp.

Like a villain with a smiling cheek. --Shak.

Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Villain \Vil"lain\, adjective [F. vilain.] Villainous. [R.] --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Villain \Vil"lain\, verb (used with an object) To debase; to degrade. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

villain

noun

1: a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately [syn: {villain}, {scoundrel}]

2: the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction [syn: {villain}, {baddie}]


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