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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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However, his departure to Villa Park was a chaotic affair, with Lambert having his resignation rejected, but the Villians then swooped for the 43 year old as he left in acrimonious circumstances.
While Motherwell continue to be cast as the villians of Scottish football, I can't believe just how parochial the reporting of this subject has been (no, hold on a moment, sadly I CAN believe how parochial it's been!).
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