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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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Seconds away, they square up and 'Bang' - no not a punch but the pantomime villain hitting the deck much to the embarrassment of M&M who had not even been within reach of his opponent, however ten out of ten to the villain for the dive and artistic interpretation.A The referee then had to ask him to get up as he had achieved top marks for acting, and now would he get on with the fight...
If you don't know him and you see him from the outside he's like a pantomime villain. He has this stare and goes into this game mode which I've never seen before.
I refer not to sunburn, a pickpocket or the ubiquitous mosquito bite - rather the pantomime villain which is the German tourist.
BURNLEY 0 ARSENAL 1 BY BILL MILLS FOOTBALL'S pantomime villain is looking nervously over his own shoulder as Arsenal closed right up to Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
SO will Jack Colback be next season's pantomime villain at St James' Park?
It's a term of abuse" Food expert Tom Parker Bowles, stepson of the Prince of Wales "I spent four decades keeping dangerous animals behind locks and gates, so it is no different here" Ex-prison officer Chris Weller, who keeps a crocodile as a pet "Calculated, unethical and evil"Labour MP Margaret Hodge attacks Google for the company's alleged avoidance of tax "All this is a pantomime villain thing that Channel 4 has encouraged.
He played the pantomime villain role to perfection in the 2005 Ashes, storming off in a haze of industrial language after being run out by England substitute Gary Pratt at Trent Bridge.
Interim Blues manager Benitez will take a team to Goodison Park for the first time in more than three years but the passage of time is unlikely to spare him the role of pantomime villain.
2 REFEREE Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and Everton's final as two needless red cards spoilt the latter's victory at Upton Park.
No wonder the Klitschkos want to steer clear of the pantomime villain of British boxing.
But Horner, who think the reason for the sudden flak and rising temperature in the paddock is jealousy, is far from being unhappy at becoming the sport's pantomime villain.