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
- adv. In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
- 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.
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
-- _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_.
How is it possible that they pursue moral evil merely _as moral evil_, and yet pursue it as the greatest apparent good?
"_Resolved_, That the people of Ohio now, as they have always done, look upon slavery as an evil, and unfavorable to the development of the spirit and practical benefits of free institutions; and that, entertaining these sentiments, they will at all times feel it to be their duty to use all power clearly given by the terms of the national compact, to prevent its increase, to mitigate, _and finally eradicate the evil_."
Americanism Contrasted with Foreignism, Romanism, and Bogus Democracy in the Light of Reason, History, and Scripture; In which Certain Demagogues in Tennessee, and Elsewhere, are Shown Up in Their True Colors
(see § 278) as, -- sit fūr, sit sacrilegus, at est bonus imperātor, _granted that he is a thief and a robber, yet he is a good commander_; haec sint falsa, _granted that this is false_; nē sit summum malum dolor, malum certē est, _granted that pain is not the greatest evil, yet it is certainly an evil_.
For all you chaps that replied to my comment below, thanks but i also agree with Mr. S. Ross when he said that we as citizens get together and practice more vigilance and report to the local authorities, and not be like the three wise monkies See no evil * hear no evil * say no evil* thats all in the past we are now looking into the future for the sake of all our Maltese citizens and no doubt although we are a small country but roar like a lion.
Taking an event that's been traditionally celebrated mainly by children and morphing it into a vehicle for boosting alcohol consumption brings new meaning to the term "evil spirits."
But how many times have you used the word evil to describe the untold suffering the Church imposes on impoverished families denied contraception; or the lies told to protect belief; or the propaganda that turns resource wars into holy wars; or the specter of kind-faced volunteers threatening kindergarteners with hell?
When was the last time you used the word evil during an impassioned outburst of moral indignation?
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