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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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Another villian, "adware" or "spyware," in its most benign form, tracks the sites a user visits on the Web and reports back to advertisers who use the knowledge of an individual's Web-surfing habits to target them with specific pop-up ads, which, while annoying, are generally harmless.
The book's central character, and villian, is Robert Mugabe.
Depending on the moment, the drug under scrutiny can be marijuana, or cocaine, or heroin, or turpentine, or Ecstasy, or PCP-better known to anyone who ever sat through a Quiann Martin production as "angel dust." This week's special guest villian? Methamphetamine, a.k.a.
Villian proved a heroine to her owner-trainer Helen Mobley when she took the two-mile novice hurdle in the hands of J P Byrne.
"Today, we insist that all white people play the villian's role--and we seem endlessly surprised when they just keep walking," Raspberry said.
Although the pimp transgressed bourgeois gender roles, his gender relations were consistent with patriarchal ideals: the domination of women was at the foundation of the pimp's identity.(34) Thus, even though middle-class reformers portrayed the pimp as a feminized villian, within the sporting class, pimps were the height of suave masculinity.
The results could brand the leader a loser, swindler or villian, as well as producing financial failure.
Summary: Washington DC, [USA] Sep 11 (ANI): Hollywood actor SaEaid Taghmaoui, who is set to play a villian in the 25th James Bond movie, is uncertain about it.
While it's uncertain if Death will appear in Marvel films, ( reports that the alleged "Thor: Ragnarok" villian, Hela, may act as Death in the movie and then make her way to "Infinity War."
Now actor Martin, who played villian Steve Owens in EastEnders, joins original stars Pauline Quirke, 56, and Linda Robson, 57 - although viewers will have to wait until next year to see it.
JAGUAR BEST OF BRITISH Mark Strong as a villian in British car maker''s ad
THE LEICESTER LABEL: Silver Spark and Villian: The Shed, Leicester.