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villain

noun uk   /ˈvɪl.ən/ us  
[C] a bad person who harms other people or breaks the law: Some people believe that Richard III was not the villain he is generally thought to have been. He's either a hero or a villain, depending on your point of view. [C] UK informal a criminal: Bert's just a small-time villain. [C] a character in a book, play, film, etc. who harms other people: He made his reputation as an actor playing villains. [C usually singular] informal something or someone considered harmful or dangerous: We've always been told that cholesterol was a major cause of heart disease but, actually, saturated fat is the worst villain.
Translations of “villain”
in Korean 악당…
in Arabic شِرّير…
in French méchant/-ante…
in Turkish kötü karakter…
in Italian cattivo, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 流氓, 惡棍, 罪犯…
in Russian злодей…
in Polish czarny charakter…
in Spanish malo, malvado, bellaco…
in Portuguese vilão, vilã…
in German der Schurke…
in Catalan malvat, dolent…
in Japanese 悪役…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流氓, 恶棍, 罪犯…
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