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villain

Edited by T. F. Hoad

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192830982
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191727153
villain

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base fellow, (later) depraved scoundrel, (hist.; often sp. VILLEIN by mod. historians) feudal serf, peasant cultivator in subjection to a

Reference Entry.  47 words. 

Subjects: History of English

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