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evil

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adjective, \ˈē-vəl, British often & US also ˈē-(ˌ)vil\

Simple Definition of evil

  • : morally bad

  • : causing harm or injury to someone

  • : marked by bad luck or bad events

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of evil

eviler or evillerevilest or evillest

  1. 1 a :  morally reprehensible :  sinful, wicked <an evil impulse> b :  arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct <a person of evil reputation>

  2. 2 a archaic :  inferior b :  causing discomfort or repulsion :  offensive <an evil odor> c :  disagreeable <woke late and in an evil temper>

  3. 3 a :  causing harm :  pernicious <the evil institution of slavery> b :  marked by misfortune :  unlucky

evil adverb, archaic
evilly play \-(l)ē\ adverb
evilness play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of evil in a sentence

  1. She drank an evil potion.

  2. The city has fallen on evil days.

  3. It was an evil omen.



Origin of evil

Middle English, from Old English yfel; akin to Old High German ubil evil


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with evil


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evil

noun

Simple Definition of evil

  • : the force of things that are morally bad

  • : something that is harmful or bad

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of evil

  1. 1 a :  the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing b :  a cosmic evil force

  2. 2 :  something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity

Examples of evil in a sentence

  1. the battle of good versus evil

  2. <our free will allows us to choose between good and evil>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of evil

before 12th century



EVIL Defined for Kids

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evil

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adjective \ˈē-vəl\

Definition of evil for Students

  1. 1 :  morally bad :  wicked <an evil influence>

  2. 2 :  causing harm :  tending to injure <an evil spell>



Headscratcher for evil

Evil and “vile” are spelled using the same letters and also have similar meanings. They can both be used to describe something or someone wicked.


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evil

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noun

Definition of evil for Students

  1. 1 :  something that brings sorrow, trouble, or destruction <the evils of poverty>

  2. 2 :  the fact of suffering or wrongdoing <We must rid the world of evil.>

  3. 3 :  bad behavior or moral state :  wickedness <… Mr. Lapham had discovered the evil that had gone on in his absence … — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>





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