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Definitions of evil

  1. having the nature of vice
  2. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; " attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
  3. 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
  4. having or exerting a malignant influence; " malevolent stars"; " a malefic force"
  5. tending to cause great harm
  6. morally bad or wrong; " evil purposes"; " an evil influence"; " evil deeds"
  7. 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.
  8. Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.
  9. Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.
  10. 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.
  11. malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.
  12. In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
  13. A chronic skin affection terminating in an ulcer, most commonly of the face. It is endemic along the Mediterranean, and is probably due to a specific bacillus. Called also Aleppo ulcer, Biskara boil, Delhi boil, Oriental sore, etc.
  14. 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.
  15. Morally bad; wicked; sinful; hurtful; disastrous; of ill repute; worthless.
  16. Badly; harmfully.
  17. Conduct showing harmful intention or purpose; something that injures; sin.
  18. Evilly.
  19. Wicked: mischievous: unfortunate.
  20. In an evil manner: badly.
  21. That which produces unhappiness or calamity: harm: wickedness: depravity.
  22. Badly; hurtfully.
  23. Wicked; bad.
  24. Wickedness; harm.
  25. Morally bad; wicked; injurious; calamitous; sorrowful.
  26. Wicked conduct; moral depravity; affliction; calamity.
  27. In an evil manner.
  28. Having physical or moral qualities that are bad in themselves and are productive of mischief; fraught with evil.
  29. In an evil manner; ill; injurious. The Evil one, the devil.
  30. That which, whether physical or moral, is both bad in itself and mischievous in its consequences; a malady.
  31. Ill; wicked; vicious; having bad qualities of any kind; injurious; unfortunate; unkind.
  32. Wickedness; misfortune; calamity; the reverse of good; suffering; that which produces pain; any transgression of the moral law; sin.
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Usage examples for evil

  1. But out of evil came good. – The Dominion in 1983 by Ralph Centennius
  2. " I might find enough if I stayed," he said; " but of an evil sort." – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler
  3. Then I say to you, David, that he has brought evil into the valley. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  4. " It is not from Wayne himself altogether that the evil comes," answered Barker. – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  5. Is it not the evil thing? – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  6. That man’ s evil looks! – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  7. 21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  8. I know that there are such things as good and evil. – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  9. So you see," he finished, laughing at Anna- Rose, " how good comes out of evil." – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  10. We cannot mend the evil of the past. – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore
  11. Do not the good do their neighbours good, and the bad do them evil? – Apology Also known as "The Death of Socrates" by Plato
  12. But to do evil was one thing. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  13. Yet there had been nothing evil in the thing! – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  14. " If I did evil, I did it that good might come," said poor Virginia. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  15. And that being so, what must the world say- the ignorant world that loves to think evil?" – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  16. Give thy servant, therefore, an understanding mind to rule thy people, that I may see clearly what is good and what is evil; for who is able to rule this thy great people? – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent
  17. The Bible says 'Overcome evil with good. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
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