evil

[ ee-vuhl ]
/ ˈi vəl /

adjective

noun

adverb

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

synonym study for evil

1. See bad1.

OTHER WORDS FROM evil

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British Dictionary definitions for evil one (1 of 2)

Evil One

noun

the Evil One the devil; Satan

British Dictionary definitions for evil one (2 of 2)

evil
/ (ˈiːvəl) /

adjective

noun

adverb

(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badlyevil-smelling

Derived forms of evil

evilly, 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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