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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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But vet cartoon villain Peg Leg Pete (voiced by Jim Cummings), thoroughly convincing as a treacherous Musketeer captain, repeatedly mocks the ambitions of our would-be heroes.
If the nation was looking for a cartoon villain, Abu Hamza al-Masri - a cross between Captain Hook and Long John Silver - does indeed look the part, but it's still not entirely clear what he has done wrong.
By this stage steam was puffing out of my ears like a big old cartoon villain.
Douglas and Fawcett are equally wooden, with no feel at all for science fiction, while the usually excellent Harvey Keitel is nothing more than a cartoon villain.
What did simpering Sarah Platt hope to achieve by telling the cops that cartoon villain Callum had a gun?
Rosemary, Emmerdale's answer to Cruella de Vil, is really scraping the bottom of the cartoon villain barrel in her fiendish campaign to send Perdy doolally.
The Serbs he must evade include a cartoon villain (Olek Krupa) and his ``expert'' marksman, Tracker (Vladimir Mashkov), who might be the world's worst shot with a scope rifle.
Coco has all the makings of a classic cartoon villain," says Susan.
The sporadically funny and punny wordplay in this modestly amusing trifle might please baby boomers with fond memories of the early '60s TV show, but even the stunt casting of Robert De Niro as the live-action version of a classic cartoon villain isn't likely to generate much want-to-see buzz among younger ticketbuyers.
A chilling secret that will doubtless take as tediously long to be revealed as the one Chrissie's keeping about torching cartoon villain Robert's car.
Strikingly redoubtable women (tick), brave boys determined to fight for their country (tick), worried mothers (tick), bucolic Britain's rural idyll under threat (tick), a wife-beating bully to hate (tick), a cartoon villain lady of the manor (tick) and - most importantly - jam-making (double tick).