Definitions of evil

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

Usage examples for evil

  1. But out of evil came good. – The Dominion in 1983 by Ralph Centennius
  2. 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
  3. But to do evil was one thing. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  4. 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
  5. Even evil spirits seem to fear him!" – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  6. Is it not the evil thing? – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  7. " It is not from Wayne himself altogether that the evil comes," answered Barker. – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  8. Was it possible that Wantele had been right, and that she was doing an evil thing by the man she loved? – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. Do not the good do their neighbours good, and the bad do them evil – Apology Also known as "The Death of Socrates" by Plato
  10. 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
  11. I know that there are such things as good and evil – Amusement Only by Richard Marsh
  12. Then I say to you, David, that he has brought evil into the valley. – The Garden of Eden by Max Brand
  13. So you see," he finished, laughing at Anna- Rose, " how good comes out of evil – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  14. " It was an evil dream," she says; " the beautiful is going to begin...." – Life and Writings of Maurice Maeterlinck by Jethro Bithell
  15. " If I did evil I did it that good might come," said poor Virginia. – The Castle Of The Shadows by Alice Muriel Williamson
  16. Yet there had been nothing evil in the thing! – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  17. " I might find enough if I stayed," he said; " but of an evil sort." – A Sea Queen's Sailing by Charles Whistler
  18. The Bible says 'Overcome evil with good. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  19. That man’ s evil looks! – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  20. We cannot mend the evil of the past. – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore