from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Morally bad or wrong; wicked: an evil tyrant.
- adj. Causing ruin, injury, or pain; harmful: the evil effects of a poor diet.
- adj. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous: evil omens.
- adj. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous: an evil reputation.
- adj. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious: an evil temper.
- n. The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
- n. That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction: a leader's power to do both good and evil.
- n. An evil force, power, or personification.
- n. Something that is a cause or source of suffering, injury, or destruction: the social evils of poverty and injustice.
- adv. Archaic In an evil manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Intending to harm; malevolent.
- adj. Morally corrupt.
- adj. Unpleasant.
- adj. undesirable; harmful; bad practice
- n. The forces/behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good. Evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of others and is based on general malevolence.
- n. Any particular individual or state which may follow these forces or behaviors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor
- adj. Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious.
- adj. Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous
- n. Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; -- opposed to
- n. Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity.
- n. malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.
- adv. In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- compar. usually worse, superl. worst (see bad), or more evil, most evil (rarely eviler, evilest).
- Having harmful qualities or characteristics; productive of or attended by harm or injury; hurtful to the body, mind, or feelings; effecting mischief, trouble, or pain; bad: as, an evil genius; evil laws.
- Proceeding from a desire to injure; hostile.
- Contrary to an accepted standard of right or righteousness; inconsistent with or violating the moral law; bad; sinful; wicked: as, evil deeds; an evil heart.
- Proceeding from, due to, or purporting to be due to immorality or badness of conduct or character.
- 3 and Bad, vile, base, vicious, wicked, iniquitous.
- n. Anything that causes injury, as to the body, mind, or feelings; anything that harms or is likely to harm.
- n. A malady or disease: as, the king's evil (which see, below).
- n. Conduct contrary to the standard of morals or righteousness, or a disposition toward such conduct; violation of the moral law; harmful intention or purpose.
- n. A harmful or wrong deed.
- Not happily; unfortunately.
- Not virtuously; not innocently.
- Not well; ill.
- To fall ill or sick.
- n. A fork; a hayfork.
- n. A halter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. morally objectionable behavior
- n. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
- adj. having the nature of vice
- n. that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
- adj. having or exerting a malignant influence
- adj. morally bad or wrong
Middle English, from Old English yfel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English yfel, from Proto-Germanic *ubilaz (compare East Frisian eeuwel, Dutch euvel, German übel), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂upélos, diminutive of *h₂wep- (“treat badly”) (compare Hittite huwappi 'to mistreat, harass', huwappa 'evil, badness')., or alternatively from *upélos (“evil”, literally "going over or beyond (acceptable limits)"), from Proto-Indo-European *upo, *up, *eup (“down, up, over”). (Wiktionary)