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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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The four chapters are cleverly entitled 'Curse of the Superstitious Script', 'Mad Doctors in Love', 'The Road to (Dis)enchantment', and 'History Is Made at Night'.
With edge-of-the-seat suspense, vampires, mad doctors and lots of dead - and undead - there is something for everyone with The Last Sect, UKM and Satanic.
However, they have trouble working together until they're faced with a real-life threat: sent to camp in a forest, they encounter murderous mutants and are captured by a mad doctor who has plans for making mutants out of them, too.
Mason writes of seventeenth-century England: "with the easy access of impoverished Anglican ministers to ecclesiastical licences to treat the insane, the era of the 'clerical mad doctor' and the private madhouse was born." (100) After the Restoration, the position of the clergy did improve with the restoration of tithes.
Sentenced to intensive anger management sessions run by the eccentric Dr Rydell, the pick of the mad doctor's focus group is Chuck (John Turturro), who lets his fists do the talking.
SF began with the mad doctor Frankenstein, and in the twentieth century, the mad doctors continued, perhaps due to the primacy of physicists and other scientist inventors in the century, to the adolescent audience of SF, or to the "gnostic" bent of SF and its hostility to the body.
Jockenstein, the Mad Doctor of music behind the turntable."'
Followers of Louis Farrakhan believe that the white race resulted from an experiment by a mad doctor named Yakub.
One such extravaganza appearing in the Daily Telegraph involved a Henry Weldon's wife who campaigned against Weldon and Forbes Winslow, a "mad doctor." Both men supposedly conspired to imprison Georgina Weldon in an insane asylum because of her claim to be a spiritualist.
Even The New York Times, normally an echo chamber for the snarls and chuckles of the mad doctor, published a worried piece the other day about the Bush Administration's permeability.