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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 actor came to Mumbai following the footsteps of his siblings -- Madan Puri and Chaman Puri, who were established actors, known for playing villainous roles.
If this wasn't enough to ponder, the footage shown in the trailer for the upcoming Rise of the Skywalkerrevealed the return of Emperor Palpatine, so who knows where the story of the villainous order will go next.
The film also stars Sikander Kher in a villainous role.
- Villainous roles are very challenging and require a tremendous amount of work to create.
The Italians out in Abyssinia the Portuguese across in Brazil and in Angola - in fact lots of of our EU friends were all spreading friendship and goodwill all over the world whilst the villainous British were busily robbing the rest of it blind.
Because, under his responsibility, a villainous plot is being set up," Samaras, who served as prime minister in 2012-2014, said in a televised statement.
Garcia has more recently been known for her various villainous roles.
And if you want to get his latest book, Bad Dad, a high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the vile and villainous Mr Big, you'll need to join the chase.
"Lucifer" Season 3 will soon give villainous character The Sinnerman a face.
A villainous swan has caused 15,000 [pounds sterling] (that's about $5 American after Brexit) to eight of the motorized boats at a lake in Suffolk, England.
As the Enterprise crew tackles villainous Nero, an aged face from the future helps them on their quest.
On arriving in the capital, he is involved in the slaughter of a band of veteran soldiers at a tavern, and the Musketeers' loyalties are torn when the crown orders them to defend the villainous prince.