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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