morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
harmful; injurious: evil laws.
characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition.
that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.
the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
the wicked or immoral part of someone or something: The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.
anything causing injury or harm: Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence: the evils of alcohol.
a disease, as king's evil.
in an evil manner; badly; ill: It went evil with him.
the evil one, the devil; Satan.

before 900; Middle English evel, evil, Old English yfel; cognate with Gothic ubils, Old High German ubil, German übel, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch evel

evilly, adverb
evilness, noun
nonevil, adjective
nonevilly, adverb
nonevilness, noun
quasi-evil, adjective
quasi-evilly, adverb
unevil, adjective
unevilly, adverb

1. sinful, iniquitous, depraved, vicious, corrupt, base, vile, nefarious. See bad1. 2. pernicious, destructive. 6. wickedness, depravity, iniquity, unrighteousness, corruption, baseness. 9. disaster, calamity, woe, misery, suffering, sorrow.

1. righteous.
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evil (ˈiːvəl)
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.  archaic an illness or disease, esp scrofula (the king's evil)
11.  (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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious," from P.Gmc. *ubilaz (cf. O.Saxon ubil, Goth. ubils), from PIE *upelo-, giving the word an original sense of "uppity, overreaching bounds" which slowly worsened. "In OE., as in all the other early Teut. langs., exc. Scandinavian, this word is the most comprehensive
adjectival expression of disapproval, dislike or disparagement" [OED]. Evil was the word the Anglo-Saxons used where we would use bad, cruel, unskillful, defective (adj.), or harm, crime, misfortune, disease. The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was in O.E., but did not become the main sense until 18c. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (L. oculus malus) was O.E. eage yfel.
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Example sentences for evils
A vindication of natural society a view of the miseries and evils arising to mankind.
In folklore it is considered to ward off vampires, incubi, succubi, and other evils.
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