Definitions for evilˈi vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•vilˈi vəl(adj.)

  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. (n.)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. (adv.)in an evil manner; badly; ill:

    It went evil with him.

Idioms for evil:

  1. the evil one,the devil; Satan.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of evil:

bef. 900; OE yfel; c. OS, OHG ubil, Go ubils


Princeton's WordNet

  1. evil, immorality, wickedness, iniquity(noun)

    morally objectionable behavior

  2. evil(noun)

    that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

    "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare

  3. evil, evilness(adj)

    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

    "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"

  4. evil(adj)

    morally bad or wrong

    "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

  5. evil, vicious(adj)

    having the nature of vice

  6. malefic, malevolent, malign, evil(adj)

    having or exerting a malignant influence

    "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. evil(adjective)ˈi vəl

    morally bad or wrong; = wicked

    an evil murderer

  2. evil(noun)ˈi vəl

    ≠ good

    the struggle between good and evil

  3. evilˈi vəl

    things that cause problems or suffering

    the evils of capitalism


  1. evil(Noun)

    The forces/behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good. Evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of others and is based on general malevolence.

    The evils of society include murder.

  2. evil(Noun)

    Any particular individual or state which may follow these forces or behaviors.

  3. evil(Adjective)

    Intending to harm; malevolent.

  4. evil(Adjective)

    Morally corrupt.

  5. evil(Adjective)


  6. Origin: yfel, from ubilaz (compare East Frisian eeuwel, Dutch euvel, German übel), from *hupélos, diminutive of hu̯op 'treat badly' (compare huwappi 'to mistreat, harass', huwappa 'evil, badness').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evil(adj)

    having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant; an evil crop

  2. Evil(adj)

    having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like

  3. Evil(adj)

    producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days

  4. Evil(noun)

    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; -- opposed to good

  5. Evil(noun)

    moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity

  6. Evil(noun)

    malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula

  7. Evil(adverb)

    in an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly


  1. Evil

    Evil is profound immorality. In certain religious contexts evil has been described as a supernatural force. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its root motives and causes. However elements that are commonly associated with evil involve unbalanced behavior involving expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect. In cultures with Manichaean and Abrahamic religious influence, evil is usually perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of good, in which good should prevail and evil should be defeated. In cultures with Buddhist spiritual influence, both good and evil are perceived as part of an antagonistic duality that itself must be overcome through achieving Śūnyatā meaning emptiness in the sense of recognition of good and evil being two opposing principles but not a reality, emptying the duality of them, and achieving a oneness. The philosophical question of whether morality is absolute or relative leads to questions about the nature of evil, with views falling into one of four opposed camps: moral absolutism, amoralism, moral relativism, and moral universalism. While the term is applied to events and conditions without agency, the forms of evil addressed in this article presume an evildoer or doers.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. evil

    As used by hackers, implies that some system, program, person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to be not worth the bother of dealing with. Unlike the adjectives in the cretinous/losing/brain-damaged series, evil does not imply incompetence or bad design, but rather a set of goals or design criteria fatally incompatible with the speaker's. This usage is more an esthetic and engineering judgment than a moral one in the mainstream sense. “We thought about adding a Blue Glue interface but decided it was too evil to deal with.” “TECO is neat, but it can be pretty evil if you're prone to typos.” Often pronounced with the first syllable lengthened, as /eeee'vil/. Compare evil and rude.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'evil' in Nouns Frequency: #2193

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'evil' in Adjectives Frequency: #749

Anagrams of evil

  1. Levi, live, veil, vile, vlei

  2. Levi

  3. Veil

  4. Vile

  5. Vlei

Translations for evil

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


wrong-doing, harm or wickedness

He tries to ignore all the evil in the world; Do not speak evil of anyone.

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