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Evil - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Evil' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Evil [ a.]
- 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.
2 . Evil [ adv.]
- In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
3 . Evil [ n.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'Evil' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . evil [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
Example in sentence:
  • attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world
Meaning (2):
- that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
Example in sentence:
  • the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones
3 . evil [ a]
Meaning (3):
- morally bad or wrong
Example in sentence:
  • an evil influence;
  • evil deeds;
  • evil purposes
4 . evil [ s]
Meaning (4):
- having or exerting a malignant influence
Example in sentence:
  • a malefic force;
  • malevolent stars