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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The 'Bad Man' who entered Bollywood having a commerce background expressed that it was tough for him to be the 'khalnayak' for he neither had a personality nor anything else.
Holmes and his bad man have become shorthand for an amoral, even immoral, view of law and society.
'There's no bad man, Amy,' Nikki told the child sternly.
That's not a problem for The First Bad Man, which makes for a wry, smart companion on any day." LAUREN GROFF
A bad man (Hafeez Sayeed) is a bad man," Durrani said while replying to a specific question on Pakistan's policy on the LeT and its leader Sayeed.
terrible n hope catch that bad man Karen Louise Omg hope he's caught soon, very scary for the young lad Jean Archer Edwards Awful hope the lad is ok.
He admitted damaging a patio door but told the court: "I'm not a bad man."
Instead, we might find that our understanding of at least some issues in criminal law theory is advanced when we look through the eyes of Holmes' "bad man".
SAM ALLARDYCE says El-Hadji Diouf is paying the price for painting himself as the "bad man'' of football.
In a talk both gave this week, they seemed almost proud that Amelie and Sean often speak of "finding the bad man" who took Madeleine.
She was a 25-cent dime store call girl looking for a bad man on a dark night in a city called Chaos.
Criticizing his successor Tony Blair over his presentation of the case for invading, Major told BBC radio that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein may have been a "bad man" -- but that was not a good enough reason to go to war.