- The definition of evil is something morally bad, harmful or ominous.
An example of something that would be described as evil is a plot to commit murder.
- Evil is defined as the quality of being morally bad or something that causes harm or misfortune.
An example of an evil is discrimination.
evil definition by Webster's New World
- morally bad or wrong; wicked; depraved
- resulting from or based on conduct regarded as immoral: an evil reputation
- causing pain or trouble; harmful; injurious
- offensive or disgusting: an evil odor
- threatening or bringing misfortune; unlucky; disastrous; unfortunate: an evil hour
- angry, irritable, disagreeable, etc.: in an evil mood
Origin: Middle English ivel ; from Old English yfel, akin to German übel ; from Indo-European an unverified form upelo- ; from base an unverified form upo-, up from under from source up, Sanskrit upa, toward
- anything morally bad or wrong; wickedness; depravity; sin
- anything that causes harm, pain, misery, disaster, etc.
evil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective e·vil·er, e·vil·est
- Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant.
- Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet.
- Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens.
- Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation.
- Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper.
- The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
- That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction: a leader's power to do both good and evil.
- An evil force, power, or personification.
- Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction: the social evils of poverty and injustice.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English yfel; see wap- in Indo-European roots.
- eˈvil·ly adverb
- eˈvil·ness noun
evil - Ologies & -Isms Definition
evil - Phrases/Idioms
the Evil One