Word of the day #48: villain

Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘V’. The word is: villain.

villain

n a wicked person or a person guilty of a crime. In a play or a novel, a character whose evil actions are important to the plot.

Some synonyms for villain:
baddie (or baddy)
beast
fiend
hound
knave
meanie (or meany)
monster
rogue
scallywag
scoundrel

Here is a list of the 50 greatest villains in literature, as identified in the Telegraph in September 2008:
www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/…/50-greatest-villains-in-literature.html

For ideas on how to teach children to write stories, see How to be Brilliant at Writing Stories and How to Sparkle at Writing Stories and Poems, both published by Brilliant Publications.

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