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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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It was with her I had to cope for the next four-and-twenty hours; and she filled me with a greater present terror than all those villains at the hall; for had not their poor little helpless captive described her as "about the worst of the gang?
I would fall so lightly on my stocking soles; a single soft, dull thud; then away under the moon without fear or risk of a false step; away over the stone walls to the main road, and so to the nearest police-station with my tale; and before sunrise the villains would be taken in their beds, and my darling would be safe!
MAURICE LENNOX was the villain," said Anne indignantly.
They encouraged the struggling hero with cries, and jeered the villain, hooting and calling attention to his whiskers.
The last act was a triumph for the hero, poor and of the masses, the representative of the audience, over the villain and the rich man, his pockets stuffed with bonds, his heart packed with tyrannical purposes, imperturbable amid suffering.
But," persisted I, shrinking into a corner of the coach, however,--for I did not know precisely how much contradiction the proper spirit of a woman would endure,--"but, my love, would it not have been more dignified to treat the villain with the silent contempt he merited?
He was always a villain, smooth-spoken and plausible, but a dangerous, subtle villain all the same.
But you would have your own headstrong ways; yes, you would, you villain.
He was therefore seldom unprovided with a small switch, a remedy of wonderful force, as he had often essayed, and which the word villain served as a hint for his applying.
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Each card played goes to the GM, and he flips the card over, revealing a host of game altering abilities that he can use to make the villains in the story foes worthy of powerful heroes