But even more surprising than the evilness of these characters is their outrageous lack of subtlety.
At last the evilness of these thoughts was plain to me; so quickly I cast the dagger overboard, and it was gone.
He couldn't tell her of the dissipation he had seen in her brother's face, nor of the evilness that had been stamped there.
And they say that the evilness of money hath made all things dearer.
Considered in the light of his evilness, the unanimous conclusion was that he had killed Timothy Brown.
Verily there is no worm-kind nor wild beast-kind like in evilness to an evil woman.
Old English yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious, ill, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (cf. Old Saxon ubil, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch evel, Dutch euvel, Old High German ubil, German übel, Gothic ubils), from PIE *upelo-, from root *wap- (cf. Hittite huwapp- "evil").
"In OE., as in all the other early Teut. langs., exc. Scandinavian, this word is the most comprehensive adjectival expression of disapproval, dislike or disparagement" [OED]. Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use bad, cruel, unskillful, defective (adj.), or harm, crime, misfortune, disease (n.). The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was in Old English, but did not become the main sense until 18c. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (Latin oculus malus) was Old English eage yfel. Evilchild is attested as an English surname from 13c.
Old English yfel (see evil (adj.)).