Origin of evil
Synonyms for evil
Antonyms for evil
Examples from the Web for evilly
Historical Examples of evilly
He laughed at this—but evilly, and no further word could I get out of either of them.A Frontier Mystery
How evilly could Life desert a man and kill him with loneliness.The Duchess of Wrexe
Seeing himself so evilly entreated, Ulenspiegel played him different tricks and this among them.The Legend of Ulenspiegel
Charles de Coster
There is no reason why children should be taught to look on step-mothers in general as evilly disposed persons.The Moral Instruction of Children
The damsel was evilly clad in rags, and seemed like a scullion-maid.King Arthur's Knights
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.)).