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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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So before we meet next year's Hot Jafar or evil Jake Gyllenhaal, let us take a moment to revisit the 10 best movie villains of 2018, ordered alphabetically by movie title.
Evangeline explained the evolving concept of a movie villain. 'It's not black and white.
On Twitter, Whedon liked two tweets about comic book movie villains. "#JusticeLeague's Steppenwolf is the worst comic book movie villain of all time and not even Malekith the Accursed comes close," Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson tweeted.
Gandhinagar: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday mounted a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming the Goods and Services Tax (GST) 'Gabbar Singh Tax' - referring to an old movie villain - that has hit hard the country already nursing the wounds of demonetisation.
Priyanka was also nominated for her Hollywood debut film Baywatch in the Choice Movie Villain category.
In symbolic terms, the first reality TV star who became American president made an awful impression on social media and on television: looking like a movie villain in that deeply weird moment with the orb in Saudi Arabia; saying nonsensical things ('We just got back from the Middle East,' for starters) to the obvious consternation of his hosts in Israel; shoving the leader of Montenegro aside to get to the front row for a photo op; berating Nato leaders as they looked on bemused, as though indulging a toddler throwing a tantrum; starting then losing a handshake duel with the French President; failing to walk together with the other G7 leaders and instead having to take a golf cart.
Tokyo jeweller Ginza Tanaka has created a lifesize replica of the iconic movie villain's mask, priced at 154 million yen (PS1 million), to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie.
Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain) - Bella Thorne - "The Duff"
Thug Gary Hill, 31, dubbed himself "Gary Montana" and acted like the movie villain as he tried to control and manipulate Lori Brown and Laura King.
ARATHER distinctive moustache decorates the upper lip of John Hopkins and he takes great delight in stroking it like an old silent movie villain throughout the interview.
Like a horror movie villain, some arguments just won't die.