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e·vil   [ee-vuhl] Show IPA
adjective
1.
morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
2.
harmful; injurious: evil laws.
3.
characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
4.
due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
5.
marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition.
 
noun
6.
that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.
7.
the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
8.
the wicked or immoral part of someone or something: The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
9.
harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.
10.
anything causing injury or harm: Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
11.
a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence: the evils of alcohol.
12.
a disease, as king's evil.
 
adverb
13.
in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.
14.
the evil one, the devil; Satan.
Origin:
before 900; Middle English evel, evil, Old English yfel;  cognate with Gothic ubils, Old High German ubil, German übel, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch evel

e·vil·ly, adverb
e·vil·ness, noun
non·e·vil, adjective
non·e·vil·ly, adverb
non·e·vil·ness, noun
qua·si-e·vil, adjective
qua·si-e·vil·ly, adverb
un·e·vil, adjective
un·e·vil·ly, adverb
 

1.  sinful, iniquitous, depraved, vicious, corrupt, base, vile, nefarious. See bad1 . 2.  pernicious, destructive. 6.  wickedness, depravity, iniquity, unrighteousness, corruption, baseness. 9.  disaster, calamity, woe, misery, suffering, sorrow.
 


1.  righteous.

 

Example Sentences
Noun
  • The love of money is the root of all evil .
  • The struggle to eliminate this evil  constitutes one of the major struggles of our time.
  • It is clear that evil  is ubiquitous in the world.
Adjective
  • It seems everything is open to change and tradition is viewed as something inherently evil .
  • Anonymity is not an excuse to be evil .

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