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Topic: ARTS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: vilain 'peasant', from Medieval Latin vilanus, from Latin villa; VILLA

villain

noun
     
vil‧lain [countable]
1A the main bad character in a film, play, or story
2

the villain of the piece

the person or thing that has caused all the trouble in a particular situation
3 informal a bad person or criminal
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