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Villian vs. Villain: What's the Difference?

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"Villian" is an incorrect spelling, while "Villain" is correct. A villain is a character in a story or film who does evil or criminal acts.

Which is correct: Villian or Villain

How to spell Villain?

Villian is Incorrect

Villain is Correct

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Key Differences

"Villain" has "ain" at the end, similar to "pain," which a villain often causes.
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Dec 25, 2023
Think of "i" before "a" as in "villain," like the order in "criminal," a synonym.
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Remember, "villain" has double "l" and "i" before "a," unlike "villian."
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Dec 25, 2023
Associate "villain" with "vile," as both start with "vil" and have a negative connotation.
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Dec 25, 2023
Recall that "villain" ends with "-ain," as in "mountain," a solid and correct ending.
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Dec 25, 2023
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Villian and Villain Definitions

Villian

Villian is an incorrect spelling of villain.
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Villain

In a broader sense, it can denote any antagonist in a situation, not just in stories.
In the corporate rivalry, he emerged as the villain.
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Villain

A person who is responsible for harm or mischief.
He played the role of the villain in their downfall.
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Villain

Used metaphorically, it refers to a person who is seen as the cause of a particular problem.
In this crisis, he was unfairly labeled the villain.
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Villain

A character in a story who is typically at odds with the hero; often engages in criminal or immoral activities.
The Joker is a classic villain in the Batman series.
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Villain

In historical context, a villain was a feudal serf considered to have a low status.
In medieval times, a villain was bound to the land.
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Villain

A wicked or evil person; a scoundrel.
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Villain

A dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero.
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Villain

(also vĭlān′, vĭ-lān) Variant of villein.
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Villain

Something said to be the cause of particular trouble or an evil
Poverty, the villain in the increase of crime.
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Villain

(Obsolete) A peasant regarded as vile and brutish.
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Villain

A vile, wicked person.
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Villain

An extremely depraved person, or one capable or guilty of great crimes.
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Villain

A deliberate scoundrel.
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Villain

A low-born, abject person.
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Villain

In fiction, a character who has the role of being bad, especially antagonizing the hero.
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Villain

(poker) Any opponent player, especially a hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: the current player.
Let's discuss how to play if you are the chip leader (that is, if you have more chips than all the villains).
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Villain

Archaic form of villein
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Villain

To debase; to degrade.
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Villain

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.
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Villain

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?
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Villain

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.
Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix.
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Villain

Villainous.
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Villain

To debase; to degrade.
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Villain

A wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
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Villain

The principle bad character in a film or work of fiction
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FAQs

What is the root word of villain?

The root word of "villain" is the Old French word 'vilain.'
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Dec 25, 2023

What is the verb form of villain?

There is no verb form of "villain"; it's exclusively a noun.
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Dec 25, 2023

What is the plural form of villain?

The plural form is "villains."
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What is the singular form of villain?

The singular form is "villain."
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Why is it called villain?

Villain comes from the Old French word 'vilain,' initially meaning a farmhand.
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What is the pronunciation of villain?

Villain is pronounced as /ˈvɪlən/.
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Is villain a noun or adjective?

Villain is a noun.
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What is another term for villain?

Another term for villain is "antagonist."
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How is villain used in a sentence?

Example: "In the novel, the villain sabotaged the hero's plans."
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Which vowel is used before villain?

Typically, the vowel 'a' is used before "villain" (as in "a villain").
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Is villain an abstract noun?

No, it's a concrete noun representing a person or character.
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Is villain a negative or positive word?

Villain is a negative word.
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Which preposition is used with villain?

Prepositions like "of" or "in" are often used with "villain" (e.g., villain of the story).
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What is the opposite of villain?

The opposite of villain is "hero."
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Which conjunction is used with villain?

Conjunctions like "and" or "but" can be used with "villain."
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Is the word villain is imperative?

No, "villain" is not used in the imperative form.
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What part of speech is villain?

Villain is a noun.
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What is the second form of villain?

There is no second form; "villain" doesn't change as it's a noun.
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Is villain a vowel or consonant?

"Villain" is a word, not a vowel or consonant.
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Is villain a countable noun?

Yes, villain is a countable noun.
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Dec 25, 2023

How many syllables are in villain?

There are two syllables in "villain."
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What is a stressed syllable in villain?

The first syllable 'vil' is stressed in "villain."
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Which determiner is used with villain?

Determiners like "the," "a," or "this" can be used with "villain."
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What is the third form of villain?

There is no third form; "villain" remains consistent as a noun.
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Which article is used with villain?

Both "a" and "the" can be used as articles with "villain."
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Is villain an adverb?

No, villain is not an adverb.
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Is villain a collective noun?

No, it's not a collective noun.
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Is the villain term a metaphor?

It can be used metaphorically.
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Dec 25, 2023

How do we divide villain into syllables?

Villain is divided as 'vil-lain.'
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Dec 25, 2023

What is the first form of villain?

The first form is "villain" (the base form).
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