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noun [countable] villain pronunciation in American English /ˈvɪlən/
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  1. 1
    the main bad character in a story, play, movie, etc. The main good character is the hero or heroine
    He’s just like the villain out of a James Bond movie.
    1. a.
      an evil person, or a criminal
      The world’s worst villains now have access to chemical weapons.
  2. 2
    someone who behaves in an immoral way, or something that is responsible for a bad situation
    The real villains are the companies that get their products made by low-paid workers.
    In the debate about global warming, coal-fired power stations are usually seen as the prime villains.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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