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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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"She's such an incredibly operatic villainess,'' Puts said.
"The main challenge was to be consistent with the iconography of the original Disney villainess, while designing and creating looks that would capture the tension between menacing and magical to become a contemporary couture version of the 1950s animation," writes Smith.
With her strong mestiza features, Cherie certainly fits the persona of a chic villainess. Her versatile acting skills, however, have allowed her to portray any character with aplomb.
Cast: James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Chris O'Donnell Plot: This sequel is subtitled The Revenge of Kitty Galore and features a new evil, hairless villainess, voiced by Bette Midler.
Catwoman is Batman's one true love."She is tremendously popular with women because she's both a heroine and a villainess."
Snow White contains all the elements that Buchanan purports Disney swiped from Oz: animal friends, diva villainess, and the dreamer protagonist ("Someday My Prince Will Come").
In Margaret Atwood, A Critical Companion, I argue that Blind Assassin is the third of Atwood's villainess novels, the first two being The Robber Bride and Alias Grace.
CONSPIRACY theorists had their suspicions somewhat validated when pantomime villainess Charley was finally put up for eviction from the Big Brother house - in the week when she won't get kicked out for losing.
As despicable Miranda may be, Streep expertly reveals the chinks in her villainess' designer label armour, showing glimmers of humanity and vulnerability beneath the impeccably coiffed facade.
Becoming the Villainess is the debut collection of free-verse poetry by journalist Jeannine Hall Gailey.
She has created a perfect little villainess who must be redeemed at the end, but not before she finally gets what's coming to her.