Evil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈiːvl|  American pronunciation of the word evil
Brit.  |ˈiːvəl|  British pronunciation of the word evil

noun

- morally objectionable behavior (syn: immorality, iniquity, wickedness)
- that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
- the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice(syn: evilness)

adjective

- having the nature of vice (syn: vicious)
- having or exerting a malignant influence (syn: malefic, malevolent, malign)

Examples

She drank an evil potion.

The city has fallen on evil days.

It was an evil omen.

The battle of good versus evil

...our free will allows us to choose between good and evil...

It was the dread of evil that first cemented society together.

The evil which is the gluttony is not so bad as the evil which corrupts morals.

They condemned slavery as evil.

an evil dictator responsible for the deaths of millions

a puddle of evil black liquid

She wanted to protect her children from the evils of the outside world.

Poverty is one of the greatest social evils of our time.

Of two evils choose the less. посл.

the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones

attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world

Word forms

noun
singular: evil
plural: evils
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