- evil eye,
- evil one,
- evil twin,
Origin of evil
Examples from the Web for evil
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One wonders if his subsequent battles with the “Evil Empire” were animated by this belief.
Luke Skywalker is an evil robot who has fallen to the dark side of the force.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is all too easy to be despondent in the face of what seems like the endless capacity of evil to reinvent itself.
But remember “Potter,” the evil banker played by Lionel Barrymore?
Evil is devised against you—evil you are powerless now to resist.Pabo, The Priest|Sabine Baring-Gould
For a long time cats were dreaded by the people because they thought human beings had been changed to that form by evil means.The Book of Hallowe'en|Ruth Edna Kelley
"She sure does get into evil ways, sometimes," added Jim, laughingly.Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
And in the book it said, "It can be maintained that the evil of pride consists in being out of proportion to the universe."Tremendous Trifles|G. K. Chesterton
Many say that the use of opium is no evil, but those who say that have never known India, or else they are blind.Letters of a Javanese Princess|Raden Adjeng Kartini
Word Origin for evil
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.)).