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vil·lain  audio  (vln) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.
  2. A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.
  3. (also vln, v-ln) Variant of villein.
  4. Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil: poverty, the villain in the increase of crime.
  5. Obsolete A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English vilein, feudal serf, person of coarse feelings, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *vllnus, feudal serf, from Latin vlla, country house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots


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