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Language: Old English
Origin: yfel

evil

1 adjective
     
Related topics: Occult
e‧vil1 W3
1

bad

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
2

wrong

something that is evil is morally wrong because it harms people:
They condemned slavery as evil.
3

unpleasant

very unpleasant:
an evil smell
a puddle of evil black liquid
4RO

devil

connected with the Devil and having special powers to harm people:
evil spirits
an evil spell
5

the evil eye

RO the power, which some people believe exists, to harm people by looking at them:
He claimed to have the power of the evil eye.
6

the evil hour/day etc

a time when you expect something unpleasant or difficult to happen:
Don't delay, you're only putting off the evil hour.
evilly adverb:
Jeff grinned evilly as he picked up the phone.
WORD FOCUS: bad WORD FOCUS: bad
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

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