Origin of villain
Examples from the Web for villain
When I play a villain, I always try to make sure they believe what they are doing is right.
I say a lot that in the story of racism in America nobody wants to be the villain.
And if there was a villain on whom to pin this whole struggle—it would be our inner demons.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No matter what one thinks of him personally, though, clearly he is a victim here and not a villain.New York & New Jersey’s Ebola Quarantines Are an Insane Overreaction|Kent Sepkowitz|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We had hoped that he would be compelling as a villain and he was very much, both the character and the actor.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’|Jason Lynch|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bring him away, Jug: yet the villain would not confess a word, till it was found about him.A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 12 (of 15)|Robert Dodsley
He was a strange little man, a nineteenth century villain in a sense.My Strangest Case|Guy Boothby
But, even if she had never spoken to me on the subject, I could not fend myself to the cruel plots of that villain.Willy Reilly|William Carleton
If she had not known he was a villain, she would have thought him very nice.Joan of the Journal|Helen Diehl Olds
The villain had turned 216 pounds over on a set of springs which shiveringly reported the man-quake in their midst.Cupid's Middleman|Edward B. Lent
British Dictionary definitions for villain
Word Origin for villain
Word Origin and History for villain
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.