evil [evil evils] adjective, noun BrE [ˈiːvl]
NAmE [ˈiːvl]
BrE [ˈiːvɪl]
NAmE [ˈiːvɪl]
1. (of people) enjoying harming others; morally bad and cruel
an evil man
an evil grin
2. having a harmful effect on people; morally bad
evil deeds
the evil effects of racism
3. connected with the Devil and with what is bad in the world
evil spirits
4. extremely unpleasant
an evil smell
more at a witch's/an evil brew at brew n., sb's good/evil genius at genius n.
Word Origin:
Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch euvel and German Übel.
evil adj.
the evil effects of racism
wicked • • bad • • dark • • satanic • • demonic|formal sinful • • base
Opp: good
a/an evil/wicked/bad/sinful man/woman/life/act/thought
a/an evil/wicked crime
evil/dark/demonic forces/powers
Evil or wicked? Both are very strong words and should be used with care. Evil is stronger than wicked. Children, witches and stepmothers can be wicked, especially in children's stories. Spirits, forces, monsters and killers are evil, especially in stories for adults and popular news reports.
Example Bank:
Kristin smiled a particularly evil smile.
He gave an evil laugh.
In his speech he described the evil effects of racism.
It was an ancient charm to ward off evil spirits.
Police described the killer as ‘a desperate and evil man’.
The rubbish bin was giving off an evil smell.
Idiom: evil day
noun (formal)
1. uncountable a force that causes bad things to happen; morally bad behaviour
the eternal struggle between good and evil
the forces of evil
You cannot pretend there's no evil in the world.
Opp: good
2. countable, usually plural a bad or harmful thing; the bad effect of sth
the evils of drugs/alcohol
social evils
see the lesser of two evilsthe lesser evil at lesser, a necessary evil at necessary
Word Origin:
Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch euvel and German Übel.
evil noun U
the eternal struggle between good and evil
wrong • • wickedness • • sin • • immorality|especially journalism vice
Opp: good
do evil/wrong
turn (away) from evil/wickedness/sin
Example Bank:
He calls war ‘a necessary evil’.
He sees money as the root of all evil.
His simple message was that God will punish those that do evil.
This sort of job is a lesser evil than unemployment.
You can always choose to resist evil.
a duty to defeat the evil of terrorism
a perpetual struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil
combating the social evils of poverty, disease and ignorance
not a simple choice between good and evil
the intrinsic evil of taking a human life
the pure evil in his soul
He believed he could rid the world of the forces of evil.
Humans have the capacity to do more evil than any other species on earth.
The film is about the eternal struggle between good and evil.
They hardly mentioned such social evils as racism and sexism.
We were warned against the evils of drugs.
You cannot pretend there's no evil in the world.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. morally objectionable behavior
Syn: immorality, wickedness, iniquity
2. that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
- "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare
3. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
- attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world
Syn: evilness
Ant: goodness (for: evilness), good
1. morally bad or wrong
- evil purposes
- an evil influence
- evil deeds
Ant: good
Syn: vicious

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
a.1.Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant; an evil crop.
A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit.
2.Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.
Ah, what a sign it is of evil life,
When death's approach is seen so terrible.
3.Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.
Because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel.
The owl shrieked at thy birth - an evil sign.
Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
Evil eye
an eye which inflicts injury by some magical or fascinating influence. It is still believed by the ignorant and superstitious that some persons have the supernatural power of injuring by a look.
It almost led him to believe in the evil eye.
n.1.Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; - opposed to good.
Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought.
The evil that men do lives after them.
2.Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity.
The heart of the sons of men is full of evil.
3.malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.
He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil.
adv.1.In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
It went evil with his house.
The Egyptians evil entreated us, and affected us.

Dictionary of Computing:
evil - As used by a hacker, implies that some system, program,person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to benot worth the bother of dealing with. Unlike the adjectivesin the cretinous, losing, brain-damaged series, "evil"does not imply incompetence or bad design, but rather a set ofgoals or design criteria fatally incompatible with thespeaker's. This usage is more an aesthetic and engineeringjudgment than a moral one in the mainstream sense. "Wethought about adding a Blue Glue interface but decided itwas too evil to deal with." "TECO is neat, but it can bepretty evil if you're prone to typos." Often pronounced withthe first syllable lengthened, as /eeee'vil/.

Compare evil and rude.

Dream Dictionary:
To dream that someone or something is evil, denotes a repressed and/or forbidden aspect of your self. This part of your self may be seeking recognition and acknowledgment. Alternatively, evil may also be a reflection of your strong, negative emotions like hate, anger, etc.

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