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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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Nor do I converse only with those who pay; but any one, whether he be rich or poor, may ask and answer me and listen to my words; and whether he turns out to be a bad man or a good one, neither result can be justly imputed to me; for I never taught or professed to teach him anything.
Never would a bad son have sprung from a good sire, for he would have heard the voice of instruction; but not by teaching will you ever make a bad man into a good one.
When Captain Bonneville turned upon him an inquiring look, he would observe, "he was a bad man," or something quite as concise, and there was an end of the matter.
But the princess, having ascertained from the visitors' list that this was Nikolay Levin and Marya Nikolaevna, explained to Kitty what a bad man this Levin was, and all her fancies about these two people vanished.
After all, let a man take what pains he may to hush it down, a human soul is an awful ghostly, unquiet possession, for a bad man to have.
We can do with a bad man or two among us, Friend McMurdo: for there are times when we have to take our own part.
He says,' Mrs Plornish then interpreted, addressing her father and Pancks with mild condescension, 'that he has met a bad man, but he hopes the bad man didn't see him--Why,' inquired Mrs Plornish, reverting to the Italian language, 'why ope bad man no see?
Further, they said that no good man went in company with a jalok--and that by this line of reason-ing I certainly was a bad man.
Me stay home and keep bad mans out of master's shop.
That's not a problem for The First Bad Man, which makes for a wry, smart companion on any day.
46) The availability of excuses is salutary, in other words, precisely because it allows us to make the very sort of cost-benefit calculations that Holmes' bad man would want to make before deciding whether or not to obey the law.
A LITTLE boy who was handed a Mars bar by a terrorist who shot his mum in the thigh told the attacker: "You are a bad man.