- 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.
- 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 of evilMiddle 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
- moral wickedness; depravity; sin
- anything that causes harm, pain, misery, disaster, etc.
the Evil One
- 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 of evilMiddle English, from Old English yfel; see wap- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative eviller or eviler or more evil, superlative evillest or evilest or most evil)
- Intending to harm; malevolent.
- Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil?
- Morally corrupt.
- an evil plot to kill innocent people
- Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
- (computing, programming, slang) undesirable; harmful; bad practice
- Global variables are evil; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.
(countable and uncountable, plural evils)
- Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
- The evils of society include murder and theft.
- Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm.
- He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil.
From Old English yfel, from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (compare East Frisian eeuwel, Dutch euvel, German übel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂upélos, diminutive of *h₂wep- (“treat badly”) (compare Hittite huwappi 'to mistreat, harass', huwappa 'evil, badness').[Cuneiform?], or alternatively from *upélos (“evil”, literally “going over or beyond (acceptable limits)”), from Proto-Indo-European *upo, *up, *eup (“down, up, over”).