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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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