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adj. e·vil·er, e·vil·est

1. Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant.

2. Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet.

3. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens.

4. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation.

5. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper.


1. The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.

2. That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction: a leader’s power to do both good and evil.

3. An evil force, power, or personification.

4. Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction: the social evils of poverty and injustice.

adv. Archaic

In an evil manner.

e′vil·ly adv.

e′vil·ness n.

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1. morally wrong or bad; wicked: an evil ruler.

2. causing harm or injury; harmful: an evil plan.

3. marked or accompanied by misfortune; unlucky: an evil fate.

4. (of temper, disposition, etc) characterized by anger or spite

5. not in high esteem; infamous: an evil reputation.

6. offensive or unpleasant: an evil smell.

7. slang good; excellent


8. the quality or an instance of being morally wrong; wickedness: the evils of war.

9. (sometimes capital) a force or power that brings about wickedness or harm: evil is strong in the world.

10. (Pathology) archaic an illness or disease, esp scrofula (the king’s evil)


(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badly: evil-smelling.

[Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; compare Old Frisian evel, Old High German ubil evil, Old Irish adbal excessive]

ˈevilly adv

ˈevilness n

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(ˈi vəl)


1. morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.

2. harmful; injurious: evil laws.

3. characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to fall on evil days.

4. due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.

5. marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: an evil disposition.


6. something evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.

7. the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.

8. the wicked or immoral part of someone or something.

9. harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.

10. anything causing injury or harm.

11. a disease, as king’s evil.


12. in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.


the evil one, the devil; Satan.

[before 900; Old English yfel; c. Old Saxon, Old High German ubil, Gothic ubils]

e′vil•ly, adv.

e′vil•ness, n.

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a form of witchcraft involving melting a wax image of the intended victim or, in voodoo, sticking it with pins.

the belief that the world is essentially bad or evil.

the branch of theology that studies sin and evil.

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  1. All sin is a kind of lying —St. Augustine
  2. At first the evil impulse is as fragile as the thread of a spider, but eventually it becomes as tough as cart ropes —Babylonian Talmud
  3. Bad as a rotten potato —Charlotte Brontë
  4. Corruption is like a ball of snow, when once set a roll, it must increase —Charles Caleb Colton
  5. The Devil … like influenza he walks abroad —W. H. Auden
  6. Evil actions like crushed rotten eggs, stink in the nostrils of all —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  7. Evil … a quality some people are born with, like a harelip —Ross Macdonald
  8. Evil as dynamiting trout —Robert Traver
  9. Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree —Ethiopian proverb
  10. Evil, like parental punishment, is not intended for itself —Josepiz Albo
  11. Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on the road. Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived —Charles Caleb Colton
  12. Evils, like poisons, have their uses, and there are diseases which no other remedy can reach —Thomas Paine
  13. He’s like a fox, grey before he’s good —Thomas Fuller
  14. Immorality in a house is like a worm in a plant —Babylonian Talmud
  15. Immoral, like plying an alcoholic with liquor —Anon
  16. Obscene as cancer —Wilfred Owens
  17. Our sins, like our shadows when day is in its glory, scarce appear; toward evening, how great and monstrous they are! —Sir John Suckling
  18. (He is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight —John Randolph
  19. Sin is a sort of bog; the farther you go in the more swampy it gets —Maxim Gorky
  20. Sins black as night —Robert Lowell
  21. So awful [a crime] it was like an atrocity picture or one of Foxe’s lives of the martyrs —Jonathan Valin
  22. (You’re) soft and slimy … like an octopus. Like a quagmire —Jean-Paul Sartre
  23. Vice is like a skunk that smells awfully rank, when stirred up by the pole of misfortune —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  24. Vice, like virtue, grows in small steps —Jean Racine
  25. Vice repeated is like the wandering wind, Blows dust in others’ eyes, to spread itself —William Shakespeare
  26. Wrong as stealing from the poor box —Anon

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