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Meaning of “villain” in the English Dictionary

"villain" in British English

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villainnoun

uk   us   /ˈvɪl.ən/
[C] a ​badperson who ​harms other ​people or ​breaks the ​law: Some ​peoplebelieve that Richard III was not the villain he is ​generallythought to have been. He's either a ​hero or a villain, ​depending on ​yourpoint 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 ​actorplaying villains. [C usually singular] informal something or someone ​consideredharmful or ​dangerous: We've always been told that ​cholesterol was a ​majorcause of ​heartdisease but, ​actually, ​saturatedfat is the ​worst villain.
(Definition of villain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"villain" in American English

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villainnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɪl·ən/
a ​badperson who harms other ​people or ​breaks the ​law, or a ​cruel or ​evilcharacter in a ​book, ​play, or ​film: In her ​version of the ​story, ​Hooveremerges 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 malo, malvado, 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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