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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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CLASSIC MOVIE VILLAIN: David Tennant goes from good Doctor to women-hating Lord Pomfrey,
A SADLY Van Cleef, one of the great movie villains, is no longer with us.
So many images we associate with concealed faces are negative - terrorists, criminals, hoodies, even horror movie villains - perhaps we suffer from an emotional response that is so indelibly ingrained on our psyche that it will be an issue that stands in the way of rebuilding trust between Muslims and non-Muslims.
If we don't want our children admiring TV or movie villains, maybe we should set a better example--at home and abroad.
Serial killer Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins in three films, is No1 on a list of movie villains released by the American Film Institute to mark their centenary.
And the new stuff was great - high octane, much of it very dance orientated, all of it trowelled on with the trademark sleaze and excess you'd expect from Marc Almond, seeming more and more like a magical hybrid of Marlene Dietrich, black and white movie villains and Satan himself.
There are memorable flights of fancy, like Wodehouse's hilariously sinister description of a school for movie villains: "The villain suffers from a fatal ingenuity.
Journalists can make great movie villains just as they can heroes.
KILLER JOE Cert 18, 102mins ???liam Friedkin delivers a typically nasty thriller about a hitman who deserves a place in most memorable movie villains Top 10.
But A History of Violence also unmasks the audience cheering Tom on as he slaughters a platoon of movie villains. Each time our hero/villain swings into action we are less certain of his motives and less confident in the redemptive power of violence, a core American myth.
That was until local police did what movie villains failed to do - and stopped it in its tracks Spokesman Harry Mitchell droned: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang does not have a valid MoT certificate and therefore breaches regulations.
He should have known this kind of smoochy carry-on is a red rag to movie villains.