someone who is evil deliberately does very cruel things to harm other people:
an evil dictator responsible for the deaths of millions
his evil deeds
something that is evil is morally wrong because it harms people:
They condemned slavery as evil.
an evil smell
a puddle of evil black liquid
connected with the Devil and having special powers to harm people:
an evil spell
the power, which some people believe exists, to harm people by looking at them:
He claimed to have the power of the evil eye.
a time when you expect something unpleasant or difficult to happen:
Don't delay, you're only putting off the evil hour.
—evilly adverb:WORD FOCUS: bad
Jeff grinned evilly as he picked up the phone.
very bad: awful, terrible, horrible, lousy informal, appalling, ghastly, atrocious, horrendous
bad, but not very bad: not very good, mediocre, second-rate, so-so, lacklustre
of bad quality: shoddy, inferior, poor quality, cheap, crummy informal
bad at doing something: be no good at something
very bad at doing something: hopeless, terrible, useless, lousy informal, incompetent
morally bad: evil, wicked, immoral, corrupt, sick, perverted, degenerate
➔ See also bad