Definition and Meanings for evil

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Evil is ranked 3,885 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of evil

adjective, noun, adverb

Etymology of evil

oe. evel, evil, ifel, uvel, as. yfel; akin to ofries, evel, d. euvel, os. & ohg. ubil, g. , goth. ubils, and perh. to e. over

Meaning of evil


as adjective

  • 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.
  • having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.
  • producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.

as noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.

as adverb

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