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Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

The principal evil character in a play or story. The villain is usually the antagonist opposed to the hero (and/or heroine), but in some cases he may be the protagonist, as in Shakespeare's...

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villain

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2015; p ublished online July 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 80 words.

The principal evil character in a play or story. The villain is usually the *antagonist opposed to the *

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villain

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 32 words.

the villain of the piece the main culprit. 1928 P. G. Wodehouse Money for Nothing I'm sure you're on the

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villain

Chris Baldick.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 80 words.

The principal evil character in a play or story. The villain is usually the antagonist opposed to the hero (and/or

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villain

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 93 words.

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In medieval England a villain was a feudal tenant who was entirely subject to a lord or manor—now usually

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villain

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

The principal evil character in a play or story. The villain is usually the antagonist opposed to the hero (and/or heroine), but in some cases he may be the protagonist, as in Shakespeare's...

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villain noun

Edited by John Ayto and John Simpson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang

January 2008; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 20 words.

Brit A professional criminal. 1960–. L. Deighton The villain is doing a nice Cabinet Minister's home (1963).

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Villain, Désiré

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Painting; 20th-Century Art. 50 words.

French, 20th century, male.

Active in Haute-Provence.

Born 25 March 1925, in Coquainvilliers.

Painter, watercolourist. Landscapes, still-lifes.

Inspired...

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Villain, Henri

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Painting; 20th-Century Art. 166 words.

French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 June 1878, in Chartres; died 26 November 1938, in Chartres.

Painter. Landscapes with figures, landscapes.

Orientalism.

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Dickens's Villains

Juliet John.

March 2001; p ublished online January 2010 .

Book. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century). 272 pages.

This book studies Dickens's villains. They embody, the book argues, the crucial fusion between the ‘deviant’ and ‘theatrical’ aspects of his writing. Though there have been many studies of...

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“Patented Villains”

Frances Finnegan.

in Do Penance or Perish

April 2004; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christianity. 5119 words.

There were alarming estimates on prostitution in Britain throughout the nineteenth century. This chapter presents the history of the Female Penitentiary system in England from its...

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villain-like adj

David Crystal.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

March 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 5 words.

ˈvɪlǝn-ˌlǝɪk

sp villain-like2

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arch-villain n

David Crystal.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

March 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 7 words.

ˌɑ:ɹtʃ-ˈvɪlǝn

sp arch-villaine1

> villain

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Villain, Henri Georges

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Painting; 19th-Century Art. 80 words.

French, 19th century, male.

Born in Chalon-sur-Saône.

Painter. Genre scenes, landscapes, still-lifes.

Studied under Fernand Cormon; Villain was a member of the...

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Le Villain, François

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Prints and Printmaking; Publishing; 19th-Century Art. 48 words.

French, 19th century, male.

Active in Paris at the beginning of the 19th century.

Lithographer, printer.

François Le Villain exhibited at the Salon from 1819 to...

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Le Villain, Ernest Auguste

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

P ublished online October 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Painting; 20th-Century Art; 19th-Century Art. 159 words.

French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1834, in Paris; died 1916, in Paris.

Painter (gouache), watercolourist. Genre scenes, still-lifes, landscapes.

Ernest...

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Villeins, Villains and Vilonie

David Crouch.

in The Chivalric Turn

June 2019; p ublished online July 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); European History; Social and Cultural History. 9656 words.

Medieval society had ways of reinforcing social boundaries. Cortoisie as superior conduct was further defined by the literary concept of Vilonie, its dark opposite. The character of the...

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Victims, Villains and Saviours

Ala Sirriyeh.

in The Politics of Compassion

June 2018; p ublished online January 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Migration Studies. 7745 words.

This chapter examines how the governments of Australia, the UK and the United States have co-opted discourses of compassion for ‘deserving’ immigrants and refugees to justify the enactment...

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Villains and Victims

Nona Willis Aronowitz.

in The Essential Ellen Willis

May 2014; p ublished online August 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 5792 words.

This chapter examines the villain vs. victim card used in the debate over sexual politics in America. From the beginning conservatives used Paula Jones’s case not only to attack Bill...

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Villain Becomes Hero

Allan Metcalf.

in The Life of Guy

November 2019; p ublished online August 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Linguistics. 1582 words.

Another diversion is necessary to acknowledge the return of Guy Fawkes in the present day. No, it’s not his Second Coming, but there is awareness of Guy Fawkes as a role model for...

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Villain

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 154 words.

Originally the unfree peasant of feudal times was called a villein. He was bound to the manor and owed service

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