(1) A wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
(2) The principle bad character in a film or work of fiction
Probably from (modern: vilain
), in turn from Late , meaning serf
, someone who is bound to the soil of a , which is to say, worked on the equivalent of a plantation
in late Antiquity, in Italy or Gaul.
- A vile, wicked person.
- An extremely depraved person, or one capable or guilty of great crimes.
- A deliberate scoundrel.
- The bad person in a stage or screen play.
- A villain was in a low level of medieval serfdom. A Cotter may have been lower.
- bad guy
- See also Wikisaurus:villain
- See also Wikisaurus:troublemaker