What does evil mean?
Definitions for evil
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evil, immorality, wickedness, iniquitynoun
morally objectionable behavior
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
the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
"attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
morally bad or wrong
"evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
having the nature of vice
malefic, malevolent, malign, eviladjective
having or exerting a malignant influence
"malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
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.
Any particular individual or state which may follow these forces or behaviors.
Intending to harm; malevolent.
Etymology: 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').
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: ywel, Saxon; cuvel, Dutch.
He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel. Deut. xxii. 19.
An evil disease cleaveth fast unto him; and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more. Ps. xli. 8.
The good fig’s very good, and the evil very evil, that cannot be eaten they are so evil. Jeremiah xxiv. 3.
That hour he cured many of evil spirits. Luke vii. 21.
Is thine eye evil, because I am good? Matt. xx. 15.
The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Gen.
And the officers did see that they were in evil case. Ex. v.
All the days of the afflicted are evil. Prov. xv. 15.
It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him. Gen.
Etymology: commonly contracted to ill.
Ah, forward Clarence, evil it beseems thee,
To flatter Henry, and forsake thy brother! William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.
If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou me. John xviii. 22.
It went evil with his house. Deut. vii. 23.
The Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us. Deut. xxvi.
generally contracted to ill.
Not in the legions
Of horrid hell can come a devil more damn’d
In evils to top Macbeth. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. Prov. xvii. 13.
Let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my Lord, be as Nabal. 1 Sa. xxv. 26.
The heart of the sons of men is full of evil. Eccles. ix. 3.
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil. Job ii. 10.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself. Prov.
If we will stand boggling at imaginary evils, let us never blame a horse for starting at a shadow. Roger L'Estrange.
Evil is what is apt to produce or increase any pain, or diminish any pleasure in us; or else to procure us any evil, or deprive us of any good. John Locke.
At his touch,
Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand,
They presently amend.
———— What’s the disease he means?
———— ’Tis call’d the evil. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
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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
having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like
producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days
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
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
malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula
in an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ē′vl, adj. wicked: mischievous: disagreeable: unfortunate.—adv. in an evil manner: badly.—n. that which produces unhappiness or calamity: harm: wickedness: depravity: sin.—ns. E′vil-do′er, one who does evil; E′vil-eye, a supposed power to cause evil or harm by the look of the eye.—adj. E′vil-fā′voured, having a repulsive appearance: ugly.—n. E′vil-fā′vouredness (B.), ugliness: deformity.—adv. E′villy, in an evil manner: not well.—adj. E′vil-mind′ed, inclined to evil: malicious: wicked.—ns. E′vilness, state of being evil: wickedness; E′vil-speak′ing, the speaking of evil: slander.—adj. E′vil-starred (Tenn.), born under the influence of an unpropitious star, unfortunate.—n. E′vil-work′er, one who works or does evil.—The Evil One, the devil.—Speak evil of, to slander. [A.S. yfel; Dut. euvel; Ger. übel. Ill is a doublet.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'evil' in Nouns Frequency: #2193
Rank popularity for the word 'evil' in Adjectives Frequency: #749
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The numerical value of evil in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of evil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of evil in a Sentence
We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message, the forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal – even inflict physical harm – if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me.
Every sweet has its sour every evil its good.
I’m happy to see that justice is going to be served and for the victims of Allison Mack they will have their chance to face their abuser, i am waiting for Nancy Salzman to be sentenced. She should have gone to prison along with Keith and Claire [Bronfman], and in my opinion she should get the same amount of time as her Vanguard, life. He truly would have never been able to do what he did without Nancy Salzman and her ‘NLP skills.' She knew what he was from day one, and he knew what she was, evil just like him.
Amazon and the other e-commerce companies didn't get to be the world's biggest by any evil mechanism. They got there because they are extremely efficient.
This isn’t an evil rifle, it’s a tool.
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- شرير, شرArabic
- злы, злоBelarusian
- зло, зъл, лошBulgarian
- malvat, malCatalan, Valencian
- zlo, zlýCzech
- зълъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- slem, skadelig, ond, slet, ondskab, dårlig, umoralskDanish
- übel, Böse, bGerman
- κακός, κακό, φαύλοςGreek
- malbona, malbonoEsperanto
- mal, malvado, malévolo, perverso, malo, maléficoSpanish
- شرورانه, شر, فژه, بدی, شرور, پلید, فژ, بدکارPersian
- paha, pahuusFinnish
- óndur, óreinurFaroese
- mauvais, maléfique, malFrench
- kweaWestern Frisian
- urchaid, aingidheachd, truaighe, olcScottish Gaelic
- מרושע, רעHebrew
- बुरा, पापी, दुष्टHindi
- move, mechan, malHaitian Creole
- չար, չարություն, չարիքArmenian
- malefic, malInterlingua
- illt, illur, vondur, ill, slæmurIcelandic
- cattivo, malvagio, malevolenza, malefico, corrotto, maligno, male, perverso, malevolo, malignità, il maleItalian
- 邪悪, 悪, 悪のJapanese
- ដែលខូចសីលធម, អាក្រក់, ដែលព្យាបាទKhmer
- ಕೆಟ್ಟ, ದುಷ್ಠKannada
- malus, malumLatin
- kwaod, euvelLimburgish, Limburgan, Limburger
- piktas, blogasLithuanian
- ļaunums, ļaunsLatvian
- зло, зол, лошMacedonian
- euvel, kwaad, kwaadaardig, boosaardig, slechte, kwade, slecht, onheilDutch
- ondskap, slem, ondNorwegian
- doo yáʼáshǫ́ǫ daNavajo, Navaho
- maji-Ojibwe, Ojibwa
- zło, złyPolish
- maléfica, malvado, mau, mal, má, ruim, maléficoPortuguese
- depravat, hain, rău, răutate, câinos, decăzut, desfrânat, răutăciosRomanian
- зло, худо, порочный, лихо, злойRussian
- mali, mai, male, mabiSardinian
- zao, зло, покварен, pokvaren, зао, zloSerbo-Croatian
- zlo, zlýSlovak
- zlò, hudôben, zèlSlovene
- ondska, elak, ondSwedish
- దెయ్యం, దుష్టTelugu
- şeytani, kötülük, kötücülTurkish
- злий, лихо, злоUkrainian
- ác, tà ácVietnamese
- badik, badVolapük
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