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villain (n.)

14世纪(12世纪末为姓),"基层或出身低微的乡下人",来自英法和古法语 vilain "农民、农夫、平民、churl、yokel"(12世纪),来自中世纪拉丁文 villanus "farmhand",来自拉丁文 villa "乡下的房子、农场"(来自PIE根 *weik- (1)"氏族")。意为"小说、戏剧等中的人物,其邪恶的动机或行为有助于推动情节的发展",出自1822年。

The most important phases of the sense development of this word may be summed up as follows: 'inhabitant of a farm; peasant; churl, boor; clown; miser; knave, scoundrel.' Today both Fr. vilain and Eng. villain are used only in a pejorative sense. [Klein]

Origin and meaning of villain

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Definitions of villain from WordNet

villain (n.)
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately;
Synonyms: scoundrel
villain (n.)
the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction;
Synonyms: baddie
From wordnet.princeton.edu