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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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All of the students were given descriptions of three character types - heroes, villains and "morally ambiguous characters," or antiheroes.
He has a certain persona about him which will make a good Bond villain alongside Daniel Craig, who is one of the best Bonds of all time.
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I am a connoisseur of those Bond villains, but it is a hard one to do," Branagh said.
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So it was a bit jarring to hear Newsome talk about being a villain in the PBA Governors' Cup Finals series featuring the Bolts and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
Since then I feel like I've found my voice and really enjoy the way I'm able to use it in Winter Villains.
The GM applies the cards effects to the game, takes the card and adds it to his Villain Cards.
For the last three years we've allowed kids to bring their toys to life in a video game, and this year, we're letting them reach into the game, and pull characters out into the physical world by letting players trap and play as the villains. Skylanders Trap Team is also the first console game to simultaneously bring the entire AAA experience to tablet devices.
Sure, audiences love a hero, but it's the unpredictability of the villains that capture our imagination.