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Villain

Villain or Villein (Lat. villanus, a farm servant from Villa, a farm) Originally the unfree peasant of feudal times was called a villein. He was bound to the manor and owed service to the lord. He could be sold or transferred , but he had shares in the village fields. The notion of rascality, wickedness and worthlessness now associated with villain is a result of aristocratic condescension and sense of superiority