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villain

vil·lain

villain

 
 
pronunciation:
vI ln
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a vile or evil person; scoundrel.
Many elderly people were deceived by this villain.
synonyms:
bastard, blackguard, knave, reprobate, scoundrel, viper
similar words:
churl, creep, cur, dastard, devil, louse, malefactor, miscreant, ne'er-do-well, rascal, rat, reptile, rogue, snake, wretch
definition 2: in a fictional work, such a personage, or any agency, that causes trouble for, or opposes, the hero or heroine.
Uriah Heep is the villain in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
synonyms:
antagonist
similar words:
enemy, foe, heavy, opponent
definition 3: any person, agency, or condition considered to be a chief cause of suffering, misery, or failure.
Poverty is the villain in these countries.
synonyms:
culprit
similar words:
demon, heavy, scapegoat, whipping boy
definition 4: variant of villein.
derivation: villainess (n.)
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