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evil

[ee-vuh l] /ˈi vəl/
adjective
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 be fallen on evil days.
4.
due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character:
an evil reputation.
5.
marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.:
He is known for his evil disposition.
noun
6.
that which is 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:
The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
9.
harm; mischief; misfortune:
to wish one evil.
10.
anything causing injury or harm:
Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
11.
a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence:
the evils of alcohol.
12.
a disease, as king's evil.
adverb
13.
in an evil manner; badly; ill:
It went evil with him.
Idioms
14.
the evil one, the devil; Satan.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English evel, evil, Old English yfel; cognate with Gothic ubils, Old High German ubil, German übel, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch evel
Related forms
evilly, adverb
evilness, noun
nonevil, adjective
nonevilly, adverb
nonevilness, noun
quasi-evil, adjective
quasi-evilly, adverb
unevil, adjective
unevilly, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. righteous.
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British Dictionary definitions for un evil

evil

/ˈiːvəl/
adjective
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
noun
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)
adverb
11.
(now usually in combination) in an evil manner; badly evil-smelling
Derived Forms
evilly, adverb
evilness, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for un evil

evil

adj.

Old English yfel (Kentish evel) "bad, vicious, ill, wicked," from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (cf. Old Saxon ubil, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch evel, Dutch euvel, Old High German ubil, German übel, Gothic ubils), from PIE *upelo-, from root *wap- (cf. Hittite huwapp- "evil").

"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 (n.). The meaning "extreme moral wickedness" was in Old English, but did not become the main sense until 18c. Related: Evilly. Evil eye (Latin oculus malus) was Old English eage yfel. Evilchild is attested as an English surname from 13c.

n.

Old English yfel (see evil (adj.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for un evil

evil

adjective
  1. Excellent; splendid; mean, wicked: Geoffrey beats an evil set of skins (1950s+)
  2. Biting and sarcastic; catty; bitchy (1970s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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