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The Definition of - evil (noun)

    morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked:
    evil deeds; an evil life.
    harmful; injurious:
    evil laws.
    characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous:
    to be fallen on evil days.
    due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character:
    an evil reputation.
    marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.:
    He is known for his evil disposition.
    that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct:
    to choose the lesser of two evils.
    the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
    the wicked or immoral part of someone or something:
    The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
    harm; mischief; misfortune:
    to wish one evil.
    anything causing injury or harm:
    Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
    a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence:
    the evils of alcohol.
    a disease, as king's evil.
    in an evil manner; badly; ill:
    It went evil with him.
    the evil one, the devil; Satan.

Word Example of - evil

    Example Sentences for evil

    Our schools for Education in evil are numerous, and their teachers are legion.

    What, it seemed to ask, could all the evil tongues in the world do to poison this joy?

    Age had steeped him deep in black wisdom, not weakened his powers of evil.

    It is more likely to cause other evil measures, in order that it may not die out.

    It is not conversion of evil men that must be aimed at, but their control.

    It minimizes the evil and fatality of war, in which every life and every wound must be paid for.

    Suppose I think Nothing, then at least I think no evil of any one.

    I am tired of an evil life, tired of hiding, tired of fear, tired of hate.

    There shall then be no corruption, which is the only evil thing about the body.

    Its evil effects are to be found by turning to those who fail to get entrance to it.

Word Origin & History of - evil

    Word Origin & History

    evil O.E. yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious," from P.Gmc. *ubilaz (cf. O.Saxon ubil, Goth. ubils), from PIE *upelo-, giving the word an original sense of "uppity, overreaching bounds" which slowly worsened. "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. The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was in O.E., but did not become the main sense ...until 18c. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (L. oculus malus) was O.E. eage yfel.

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