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The striker became the villain of the piece after a challenge that provoked a shoving match. Times, Sunday Times (2017)All ideological battles have their heroes and villains. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Republicans make better heroes, better villains and better sets of pecs. Times, Sunday Times (2016)When a video game villain gets fed up with being a baddie, he decides to fulfil his dream of being good. The Sun (2016)It's telling that the most unpleasant villain of the piece is not the evil crime boss or any of his sadistic henchmen. Times, Sunday Times (2016) People looking for villains will search, mostly, in vain. Times, Sunday Times (2016)English football's pantomime villain realised our referees were not for changing, so it was time to stop being a pain in the backside. The Sun (2017)It seems that 4½ years spent in one building can transform you from a villain to a hero in the eyes of parts of the American right. Times, Sunday Times (2017)But both could smile and smile and yet play the villain. HISTORY PLAY: The Lives and After-life of Christopher Marlowe (2004)Perhaps footballers are the only people who double as heroes and villains within the very same subculture. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They kept getting the villain all wrong. Christianity Today (2000)It happened to villains and nasty people. The Sun (2014)The cheeky birds join forces with spies to stop an evil villain destroying the world. The Sun (2015)The main villain in the piece is austerity. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Fixed penalties and conditional cautions mean victims receive no compensation and the villain gets no sentence. The Sun (2007)The best of these also shone a searing light on the society that had spawned their heroes and villains. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There is another villain of the piece - his teacher. Times, Sunday Times (2010)So often she's been the pantomime villain but suddenly she seemed sensitive and vulnerable. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But playing the villain had its downside for Larry. The Sun (2011)One hundred years on, the iceberg is still the villain of the piece. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They came face-to-face with some of the most evil villains in the land. The Sun (2009)Indeed, they played up the role of pantomime villain. The Sun (2009)It is seen as the principal villain of the piece - fairly or not. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It is that while bankers are the main villains of the piece, we are all as much to blame for being greedy. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Q What was it like to play a villain? The Sun (2009)It recalls a time when the villains in Hollywood films always had German accents. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He then used his mobile to write the film villain's catchphrase'Why so serious! The Sun (2013)
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British English: villain /ˈvɪlən/ NOUN
A villain is someone who deliberately harms other people or breaks the law in order to get what he or she wants.
They called him a villain and a murderer.
- American English: villain
- Arabic: وَغْد
- Brazilian Portuguese: vilão
- Chinese: 恶棍
- Croatian: negativac
- Czech: darebák
- Danish: skurk
- Dutch: schurk
- European Spanish: villano
- Finnish: roisto
- French: méchant
- German: Bösewicht
- Greek: αχρείος
- Italian: furfante
- Japanese: 悪党
- Korean: 악한
- Norwegian: kjeltring
- Polish: łajdak
- European Portuguese: vilão
- Romanian: răufăcător
- Russian: злодей
- Latin American Spanish: villano
- Swedish: skurk
- Thai: ตัวชั่วร้าย
- Turkish: hain kötü
- Ukrainian: злісний злочинець
- Vietnamese: kẻ ác
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