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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


Antonymsgood

2. evil having the nature of vice


Synonymsvicious


Similarwicked


Antonymsvirtuous

3. evil having or exerting a malignant influence


SamplesMalevolent stars.
A malefic force.


Synonymsmalefic, malevolent, malign


Similarmaleficent


Antonymsbeneficent


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.


Synonymsevilness


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


Attributeevil


Antonymsgood, goodness









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