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 for villain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Villain \Vil"lain\, v. t.
     To debase; to degrade. [Obs.] --Sir T. More.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Villain \Vil"lain\, n. [OE. vilein, F. vilain, LL. villanus,
     from villa a village, L. villa a farm. See Villa.]
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     1. (Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile,
        tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest
        class, a bondman or servant. [In this sense written also
        villan, and villein.]
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              If any of my ansectors was a tenant, and a servant,
              and held his lands as a villain to his lord, his
              posterity also must do so, though accidentally they
              become noble.                         --Jer. Taylor.
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     Note: Villains were of two sorts; villains regardant, that
           is, annexed to the manor (LL. adscripti glebae); and
           villains in gross, that is, annexed to the person of
           their lord, and transferable from one to another.
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     2. A baseborn or clownish person; a boor. [R.]
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              Pour the blood of the villain in one basin, and the
              blood of the gentleman in another, what difference
              shall there be proved?                --Becon.
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     3. A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and
        capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel;
        a knave; a rascal; a scamp.
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              Like a villain with a smiling cheek.  --Shak.
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              Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Villain \Vil"lain\, a. [F. vilain.]
     Villainous. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
           [syn: villain, scoundrel]
      2: the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
         [syn: villain, baddie]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  121 Moby Thesaurus words for "villain":
     Roscius, SOB, actor, actress, antagonist, antihero, bad guy,
     bad person, barnstormer, bastard, bit, bit part, blackguard,
     blighter, bounder, cad, caitiff, cast, character, character actor,
     character man, character woman, child actor, criminal, crook, cue,
     cur, deceiver, delinquent, devil, diseur, diseuse, dog, dramatizer,
     evildoer, fat part, feeder, felon, foil, gangster, heavy, hero,
     heroine, histrio, histrion, ingenue, juvenile, knave, lawbreaker,
     lead, lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, lines,
     malefactor, malevolent, malfeasant, malfeasor, matinee idol, mime,
     mimer, mimic, miscreant, misfeasor, mobster, monologist, mummer,
     outlaw, pantomime, pantomimist, part, person, personage, piece,
     playactor, player, precious rascal, protagonist, protean actor,
     public enemy, racketeer, rapscallion, rascal, rat, reciter,
     reptile, rogue, role, rotter, scalawag, scamp, scoundrel, shyster,
     side, sinner, sneak, soubrette, spalpeen, stage performer,
     stage player, stooge, straight man, straight part, stroller,
     strolling player, supporting character, supporting role,
     theatrical, thespian, thief, title role, transgressor, trouper,
     utility man, viper, walk-on, walking part, worker of ill, wretch,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to 
  whom it is applied. 
       2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will 
  entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 

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