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villain

noun uk   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.
Translations of “villain”
in Arabic شِرّير…
in Korean 악당…
in Malaysian penyangak…
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 Vietnamese tên côn đồ…
in Spanish malo, malvado, bellaco…
in Portuguese vilão, vilã…
in Thai ตัวร้าย (ทางวรรณกรรม)…
in German der Schurke…
in Catalan malvat, dolent…
in Japanese 悪役…
in Indonesian orang jahat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流氓, 恶棍, 罪犯…
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