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VILLAIN., An epithet used to cast contempt and contumely on the person to whom it is applied.
     2. To call a man a villain in a letter written to a third person, will entitle him to an action without proof of special damages. 1 Bos. & Pull. 331.

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No let us get chance fo do bad kine stuff, but take us outa dea, so da Bad Guy no can hurt us.
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