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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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I have vanquished giants and I have sent her caitiffs and miscreants; but where are they to find her if she is enchanted and turned into the most ill-favoured peasant wench that can be imagined?"
This Don Quixote, or Don Simpleton, or whatever his name is, cannot, I imagine, be such a blockhead as your excellence would have him, holding out encouragement to him to go on with his vagaries and follies." Then turning to address Don Quixote he said, "And you, num-skull, who put it into your head that you are a knight-errant, and vanquish giants and capture miscreants? Go your ways in a good hour, and in a good hour be it said to you.
However, investigation by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, revealed that 'it was discovered that the conflict was between some scrap workers and a social miscreant who was earlier prevented from messing up the environment two days ago.'
In another photo, one miscreant, in a saffron scarf, can be seen posing with the board.
Earlier Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi and Minster for Information ordered stern against the miscreant. A bench headed by SC will also heard the case regarding damage to public and private property on Nov 16.
on March 9, another miscreant struck the beleaguered business.
Summary: Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh), [India], March 12 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested a miscreant carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, from Bulandshahr's Khurja Nagar area.
'Cases will be registered and legal action will be taken against all the miscreant elements to be identified,' says the statement.
FAISALABAD -- A policeman and a miscreant were killed in cross firing in Batala Colony police limits here Saturday.
Summary: Shahdara (Delhi) [India] Dec 31 (ANI): A student foiled loot attempt after he was attacked and threatened by a miscreant at gunpoint on Sunday near a petrol pump here in Shahdara.
The DG ISPR also appealed to the general public, to beware of miscreant's propaganda.
HANGU -- The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) here Tuesday averted an attempt of sabotage by defusing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by unknown miscreant near a slaughter house.