supervillain etymology

English word supervillain comes from English villain, English super-

Detailed word origin of supervillain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
villain English (eng) (Can we clean up([ +]) this sense?) (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): A vile, wicked person.. (poker) Any opponent player, especially a hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: .. A deliberate [...]
super- English (eng) (fiction) superhero. (physics) supersymmetry. Above, over, or upon. Inclusive. Superior in size, quality, number, degree, status, title, or position.
supervillain English (eng) A fantasy-fiction criminal or evil-doer, often with supernatural powers or equipment, in popular children's and fantasy literature who can present a credible challenge for a superhero.

Words with the same origin as supervillain

Descendants of super-
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