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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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Kapuscinski locates violence in the acts of Atwood's female characters--the titular protagonists of the villainess novels, The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin, and the antagonist of Cat's Eye--and ascribes to them the role of "challenging myths of vulnerability and other narratives central to the Canadian imaginary:' The specific focus in Kapuscinski's article, however, is on the unnamed protagonist of Surfacing: on her growing awareness of her own complicity in acts of violence, on the inaccuracies of equating the Canadian imaginary only with pacifism, and on the "surfacing" more generally of her awareness that the old binaries of victim and victimizer, Canadian and American, no longer hold.
Becoming the Villainess is the debut collection of free-verse poetry by journalist Jeannine Hall Gailey.
She has created a perfect little villainess who must be redeemed at the end, but not before she finally gets what's coming to her.
Ludmila Ulitskaya's Medea resembles the tragic villainess in name only.
And though Maleficent is no longer green-skinned, it's hard not to think of another green-skinned villainess who's also been rehabilitated, by means of the durable Broadway hit "Wicked'': the witch Elphaba from "The Wizard of Oz,'' who, it turns out, we just didn't know enough about.
It is a classic tale of good versus evil with a damsel in distress, an evil villainess, a handsome prince and an assortment of weird and wonderful supporting characters including dwarves and animals.
There's an angular, wall-crawling villainess (see The Last Exorcism etc), spooky kids (see The Grudge etc) and more.
The story goes that the item was made on the orders of notorious Nazi villainess Ilse Koch, wife of the commandant of Buchenwald and one of the first prominent Nazi figures to be tried by the US military.
In July the first photo of Jolie as Maleficent was released, showing the actress as a spitting image of the cartoon villainess.
A circus of performing critters provides the dramatic hook for the usual wise-cracks, and a boo-hiss pantomime villainess generates much-needed dramatic tension.