Villain

Definition of Villain

Vil´lain
n.1.
1.(Feudal Law) One who holds lands by a base, or servile, tenure, or in villenage; a feudal tenant of the lowest class, a bondman or servant.
If any of my ansectors was a tenant, and a servant, and held his lands as a villain to his lord, his posterity also must do so, though accidentally they become noble.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.A baseborn or clownish person; a boor.
Pour the blood of the villain in one basin, and the blood of the gentleman in another, what difference shall there be proved?
- Becon.
3.A vile, wicked person; a man extremely depraved, and capable or guilty of great crimes; a deliberate scoundrel; a knave; a rascal; a scamp.
Like a villain with a smiling cheek.
- Shak.
Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix.
- Pope.
a.1.Villainous.
v. t.1.To debase; to degrade.

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