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evil

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Evil \E*vil\ ([=e]"v'l) a. [OE. evel, evil, ifel, uvel, AS. yfel; akin to OFries, evel, D. euvel, OS. & OHG. ubil, G. ["u]bel, Goth. ubils, and perh. to E. over.]

1. 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.

A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit. --Matt. vii. 18.

2. Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.

Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, When death's approach is seen so terrible. --Shak.

3. Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.

Because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel. --Deut. xxii. 19.

The owl shrieked at thy birth -- an evil sign. --Shak.

Evil news rides post, while good news baits. --Milton.

{Evil eye}, an eye which inflicts injury by some magical or fascinating influence. It is still believed by the ignorant and superstitious that some persons have the supernatural power of injuring by a look.

It almost led him to believe in the evil eye. --J. H. Newman.

{Evil speaking}, speaking ill of others; calumny; censoriousness.

{The evil one}, the Devil; Satan.

Note: Evil is sometimes written as the first part of a compound (with or without a hyphen). In many cases the compounding need not be insisted on. Examples: Evil doer or evildoer, evil speaking or evil-speaking, evil worker, evil wishing, evil-hearted, evil-minded.

Syn: Mischieveous; pernicious; injurious; hurtful; destructive; wicked; sinful; bad; corrupt; perverse; wrong; vicious; calamitous.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Evil \E"vil\ ([=e]"v'l) n.

1. 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}.

Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. --Milton.

The evil that men do lives after them. --Shak.

2. 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.

The heart of the sons of men is full of evil. --Eccl. ix. 3.

3. malady or disease; especially in the phrase {king's evil}, the scrofula. [R.] --Shak.

He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil. --Addison.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Evil \E"vil\, adverb In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly. --Shak.

It went evil with his house. --1 Chron. vii. 23.

The Egyptians evil entreated us, and affected us. --Deut. xxvi. 6.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

evil

adjective

1: morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds" [ant: {good}]

2: having the nature of vice [syn: {evil}, {vicious}]

3: having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force" [syn: {malefic}, {malevolent}, {malign}, {evil}]

noun

1: morally objectionable behavior [syn: {evil}, {immorality}, {wickedness}, {iniquity}]

2: 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

3: the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world" [syn: {evil}, {evilness}] [ant: {good}, {goodness}]

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