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English adjective: evil

1. evil morally bad or wrong

SamplesEvil purposes.
An evil influence.
Evil deeds.

Similaratrocious, bad, black, corruptive, dark, demonic, despicable, devilish, diabolic, diabolic, diabolical, diabolical, evil-minded, fiendish, flagitious, grievous, hellish, infernal, mephistophelean, mephistophelian, monstrous, perversive, pestiferous, satanic, sinister, slimy, ugly, unholy, unworthy, vile, worthless, wretched

See alsobad, immoral, offensive, unrighteous, wicked, wrong

Attributeevil, evilness


2. evil having the nature of vice




3. evil having or exerting a malignant influence

SamplesMalevolent stars.
A malefic force.

Synonymsmalefic, malevolent, malign



English noun: evil

1. evil (act) morally objectionable behavior

Synonymsimmorality, iniquity, wickedness

Broader (hypernym)evildoing, transgression

Narrower (hyponym)devilry, deviltry, foul play, irreverence, sexual immorality, violation

2. evil (attribute) that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

SamplesThe evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

Broader (hypernym)bad, badness

Narrower (hyponym)Four Horsemen

3. evil (attribute) the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

SamplesAttempts to explain the origin of evil in the world.


Broader (hypernym)immorality

Narrower (hyponym)balefulness, error, frailty, maleficence, malevolence, malevolency, malice, malignance, malignancy, malignity, mischief, nefariousness, perverseness, perversity, reprehensibility, ugliness, vice, vileness, villainousness, villainy, wickedness, worst, wrongdoing


Antonymsgood, goodness

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