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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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Even though the rapist is described as being spiritually possessed by some sort of monster, he remains a cartoon villain who feels as if he'd been imported from another novel, and the events relating to his back story and the Coutts family's efforts to bring him to justice feel tainted by contrivance and lumbering exposition.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists explained in a new research why the evil eyebrows and pointy chin of a cartoon villain make our 'threat' instinct kick in.
Some weeks I'll be the hero and some weeks I'm like the cartoon villain.
Offenders must watch a five-minute video on copyright law hosted by cartoon villain Russell the Pirate.
All of whom vowed to exact violent revenge on a cartoon villain whose pointless scheming was always unbelievable.
And after cartoon villain Janine shut him in the freezer, Ryan forgave her.
Cartoon villain Craig Revel Horwood obsessing on thumbs and looking for the smallest excuse not to give a 10.
Back on the Bafta- nominated show (go figure), everybody hates cartoon villain Spencer because he cheated on his even shorter cry-baby girlfriend Louise.
That you don't have to be a cartoon villain to dominate the boxing world and hold it in your thrall.
Len got dafter by the week, the ants in Bruno's pants were clearly rioting 24/7, cartoon villain Craig's entertaining attempts at comedy bordered on tragic and dazzling Darcey Bussell was quite simply magnificent.
But as the manic melodrama broke new ground in absurdity, the cartoon villain of the piece was comically thwarted by plugging himself into the national grid.