[ ee-vuhl ]
/ ˈi vəl /
morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
harmful; injurious: evil laws.
characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition.
that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.
the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
the wicked or immoral part of someone or something: The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.
anything causing injury or harm: Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence: the evils of alcohol.
a disease, as king's evil.
in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.
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Idioms for evil
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
synonym study for evil
1. See bad1.
OTHER WORDS FROM evil
e·vil·ly, adverbe·vil·ness, nounnon·e·vil, adjectivenon·e·vil·ly, adverb
non·e·vil·ness, nounqua·si-e·vil, adjectivequa·si-e·vil·ly, adverbun·e·vil, adjectiveun·e·vil·ly, adverb
Words nearby evil
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British Dictionary definitions for evil one (1 of 2)
the Evil One the devil; Satan
British Dictionary definitions for evil one (2 of 2)
/ (ˈiːvəl) /
morally wrong or bad; wickedan evil ruler
causing harm or injury; harmfulan evil plan
marked or accompanied by misfortune; unluckyan evil fate
(of temper, disposition, etc) characterized by anger or spite
not in high esteem; infamousan evil reputation
offensive or unpleasantan evil smell
slang good; excellent
the quality or an instance of being morally wrong; wickednessthe evils of war
(sometimes capital) a force or power that brings about wickedness or harmevil is strong in the world
archaic an illness or disease, esp scrofula (the king's evil)
(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badlyevil-smelling
Derived forms of evilevilly, 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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