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Definition of "evil" []

  • Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant. (adjective)
  • Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens. (adjective)
  • Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation. (adjective)
  • Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "evil" in a sentence
  • "-- _God Almighty was all justice and equity: whoever labored unto good experienced good in himself; and he who toiled unto evil experienced evil_."
  • "I as a theologian blame nothing but the evil appearance, of which St. Paul says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (I Thess.v. 22)."
  • ""Why do you think evil in your hearts?" he said, that is, _evil of me -- that I am a blasphemer_."