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"villain" in British English

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villainnoun

uk   /ˈvɪl.ən/  us   /ˈvɪl.ən/
[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.
(Definition of villain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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villainnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɪl·ən/
a bad person who harms other people or breaks the law, or a cruel or evil character in a book, play, or film: In her version of the story, Hoover emerges as the villain.
(Definition of villain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “villain”
in Korean 악당…
in Arabic شِرّير…
in Malaysian penyangak…
in French méchant/-ante…
in Russian злодей…
in Chinese (Traditional) 流氓, 惡棍, 罪犯…
in Italian cattivo, -a…
in Turkish kötü karakter…
in Polish czarny charakter…
in Spanish malvado, malo, bellaco…
in Vietnamese tên côn đồ…
in Portuguese vilão, vilã…
in Thai ตัวร้าย (ทางวรรณกรรม)…
in German der Schurke…
in Catalan malvat, dolent…
in Japanese 悪役…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流氓, 恶棍, 罪犯…
in Indonesian orang jahat…
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