Evil meaning

ēvəl
Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful.

The evil effects of a poor diet.

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Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction.

The social evils of poverty and injustice.

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That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction.

A leader's power to do both good and evil.

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Characterized by anger or spite; malicious.

An evil temper.

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Anything that causes harm, pain, misery, disaster, etc.
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Moral wickedness; depravity; sin.
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Threatening or bringing misfortune; unlucky; disastrous; unfortunate.

An evil hour.

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The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
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Morally bad or wrong; wicked.

An evil tyrant.

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An evil force, power, or personification.
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Angry, irritable, disagreeable, etc.

In an evil mood.

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Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous.

An evil reputation.

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In an evil manner.
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Causing pain or trouble; harmful; injurious.
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Offensive or disgusting.

An evil odor.

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In an evil, wicked, or offensive way.

Evil-hearted.

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Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous.

Evil omens.

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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.

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Evil is defined as the quality of being morally bad or something that causes harm or misfortune.

An example of an evil is discrimination.

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Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil?

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An evil plot to kill innocent people.

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Unpleasant.
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Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
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(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.

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Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.

The evils of society include murder and theft.

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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.
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Addison.

He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil.

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(epithet) the Evil One
  • the Devil; Satan
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
evil
Comparative
eviller
Superlative
evillest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Evil One

Origin of evil

  • Middle English from Old English yfel wap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary