Synonyms for villain

Grammar : Noun
Spell : vil-uhn
Phonetic Transcription : ˈvɪl ən

Top 10 synonyms for villain Other synonyms for the word villain

Définition of villain

Origin :
  • c.1300, "base or low-born rustic," from Anglo-French and Old French villain, from Medieval Latin villanus "farmhand," from Latin villa "country house" (see villa).
  • 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]
  • Meaning "character in a novel, play, etc. whose evil motives or actions help drive the plot" is from 1822.
  • noun evil person
Example sentences :
  • I never in my life saw any harm done by a villain; I wish I could.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • He so humble, so aged, so loth to take our money—and yet a villain and a cheat.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The villain from whom I hired the outfit said it was complete.
  • Extract from : « In the Midst of Alarms » by Robert Barr
  • And do you remember what I said to that villain, Jack Malyoe, that night as his boat went by us?
  • Extract from : « Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates » by Howard Pyle
  • Well, if all they say is true, the villain has robbed one of his own best friends.
  • Extract from : « Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates » by Howard Pyle
  • I had talents—you would not fancy it—but once I was neither a fool nor a villain!
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He is my uncle, but he is a villain, and has done me wrong.'
  • Extract from : « The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby » by Charles Dickens
  • He has only put four windows in, the villain, and spoilt it!'
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens
  • Doubtless each believed the other to be the villain that he called him.
  • Extract from : « A Dish Of Orts » by George MacDonald
  • The villain who set those fires--you know who he is, I hope.
  • Extract from : « The Cavalier » by George Washington Cable

Antonyms for villain

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