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1evil

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

: morally bad

: causing harm or injury to someone

: marked by bad luck or bad events

evil·er or evil·lerevil·est or evil·lest

Full Definition of EVIL

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
a archaic :  inferior
b :  causing discomfort or repulsion :  offensive <an evil odor>
c :  disagreeable <woke late and in an evil temper>
3
a :  causing harm :  pernicious <the evil institution of slavery>
b :  marked by misfortune :  unlucky
evil adverb, archaic
evil·ly \-(l)ē\ adverb
evil·ness \-nəs\ noun
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Examples of EVIL

  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

2evil

noun

: the force of things that are morally bad

: something that is harmful or bad

Full Definition of EVIL

1
a :  the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing
b :  a cosmic evil force
2
:  something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity

Examples of EVIL

  1. the battle of good versus evil
  2. <our free will allows us to choose between good and evil>

First Known Use of EVIL

before 12th century
EVILLEST Defined for Kids

1evil

adjective \ˈē-vəl\

Definition of EVIL for Kids

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

2evil

noun

Definition of EVIL for Kids

1
:  something that brings sorrow, trouble, or destruction <the evils of poverty>
2
:  the fact of suffering or wrongdoing <We must rid the world of evil.>
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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