social evil

  1. anything detrimental to a society or its citizens, as alcoholism, organized crime, etc.

Origin of social evil

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby social evil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use social evil in a sentence

  • All I am concerned about is in arriving at a sense of the enormity of the impulse behind the "social evil."

    A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann
  • The second sentence says that no study of the social evil is complete which leaves out the causes of divorce.

    A Preface to Politics | Walter Lippmann