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evil

e·vil

evil

 
 
pronunciation:
i vl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: morally or spiritually corrupt.
For running away from her husband, she was considered an evil woman.He wants to repent for his evil ways.
synonyms:
bad, infernal, iniquitous, nefarious, reprobate, sinful, ungodly, wicked
antonyms:
good, righteous, virtuous
similar words:
atrocious, black, corrupt, degenerate, dissolute, flagitious, heinous, immoral, miscreant, profligate, satanic, sinister, unholy, vicious, wrong
definition 2: motivated by intent to harm or destroy.
Responsible for the deaths of millions, Joseph Stalin is considered by many to be one of history's most evil dictators.
synonyms:
baleful, deadly, malefic, malevolent, malicious, spiteful, vicious, villainous, virulent
antonyms:
benevolent
similar words:
atrocious, bad, black, destructive, diabolical, fiendish, malign, malignant, pernicious, satanic, sinister
definition 3: producing destructive effects.
The storm was an evil force that ruined people's lives.
synonyms:
bad, baneful, damaging, harmful, hurtful, ill, noxious, virulent
antonyms:
beneficial, benign
similar words:
atrocious, deleterious, detrimental, hard, nasty, pestilent, ruinous, wicked
definition 4: characterized by bad acts or harmful effects.
Leaving the old people with no home was an evil act on the part of the city.
synonyms:
bad, naughty, wicked
antonyms:
good
similar words:
atrocious, malign, mischievous, nasty, wrong
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a spiritually or morally corrupt and destructive force; absence of good.
They believe that there is both evil and good in all humans.
synonyms:
depravity, immorality, iniquity, sinfulness, turpitude, wickedness
antonyms:
good, goodness
similar words:
atrocity, corruption, harm
definition 2: immoral behavior.
It was claimed that alcohol leads people into evil.
synonyms:
depravity, immorality, iniquity, vice, villainy, wickedness
antonyms:
good, goodness
similar words:
atrocity, corruption, debauchery, degeneracy, infamy, malefaction, profligacy, wrong, wrongdoing
definition 3: a force, condition, or activity that causes suffering or destruction.
Poverty and crime are two evils of society.
synonyms:
adversity, affliction, detriment, injury, maleficence, malevolence, malignity, misery, pestilence, ruin, ruination
antonyms:
good
similar words:
cancer, curse, harm, hurt, ill, malice, mischief, misfortune, sorrow, trouble, vice, woe, wrong
derivations: evilly (adv.), evilness (n.)