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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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The bad guys throw her out the window, and she falls, falls, her shadow falling with her on the building's face.
" What's the fun of being bad then," says Kumar who has been in an ' exciting' relationship with a bad guy for the past two years.
Fortunately for fleet Marine aviators, the "bad guys" they practice against are really the good guys.
On the surface, bad guys appear to be the ultimate ladies' man: A suave gentleman who knows how to charm a lady.
Scott told the Irish Mirror: "I'm honestly looking not to play any more bad guys.
The motorist is seen as bad guy, but these idiots are dangerous to all.
So, as TV's Nastiest Villains counts down those actors that are the best at being the worst, there won't be any surprise to find C5 favourites Stefan Dennis and Linda Gray here, giving their opinion on the likes of much missed Dallas bad guy JR Ewing (aka Larry Hagman), and Neighbours's love-to-hate villain Paul Robinson.
History shows with modern hollow points, the bad guy is simply stopped faster.
The plot may be familiar but it's a story well told, with Van Damme suitably menacing as the bad guy and no shortage of meaty, exciting and gloriously bloody gunfights.
Dubai, Dec 11 (ANI): Shah Rukh Khan is very excited about his Christmas release 'Don 2: The Chase Continues' because he says it's the first time that the bad guy is getting a movie sequel.
Hilarious hijinks ensue throughout the story as Nana and her two grandchildren, Eufala and Bog, have their very own ways of catching the bad guy. Part Miss Marple, part Miss Seeton, and all Nana, this sneaky yet lovable grandma is every villain's worst nightmare.
After introductory discussions of primal fears, their place in culture and storytelling, and key considerations in writing complex, believable "bad guy" characters, Morrell explores a variety of character types and situations including unlikely protagonists, anti-heroes, dark heroes and bad boys, bullies and mischief makers, villains, sociopaths, heroes versus villains, dangerous women, monsters, creatures, lost souls, and bad guys for younger readers.