Meaning of villain

vil•lain

Pronunciation: (vil'un), [key]
— n.
  1. a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel.
  2. a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.
  3. villein.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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