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evil

[ ee-vuhl ]
/ ˈi vəl /
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adjective

noun

adverb

in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.

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RELATED WORDS

unpleasant, destructive, hateful, vile, malicious, vicious, heinous, ugly, bad, nefarious, villainous, corrupt, malevolent, hideous, wicked, harm, pain, catastrophe, calamity, ill

Nearby words

evident, evidential, evidentially, evidentiary, evidently, evil, evil eye, evil one, evil twin, evil-minded, evildoer

Idioms

    the evil one, the devil; Satan.

Origin of evil

before 900; Middle English evel, evil, Old English yfel; cognate with Gothic ubils, Old High German ubil, German übel, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch evel
SYNONYMS FOR evil
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1. See bad1.
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British Dictionary definitions for evil

evil

/ (ˈiːvəl) /

adjective

noun

adverb

(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badlyevil-smelling
Derived Formsevilly, adverbevilness, noun

Word Origin for evil

Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; compare Old Frisian evel, Old High German ubil evil, Old Irish adbal excessive
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