- Morally objectionable behavior.
- That which causes harm or destruction or misfortune. "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones- Shakespeare
- The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice.
- usage: "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
- synonyms: evilness
- Morally bad or wrong.
- usage: "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
- Having the nature of vice.
- synonyms: vicious
- Having or exerting a malignant influence.
- usage: "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
by WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
- (adv.) In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
- (a.) Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.
- (n.) malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.
- (a.) Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.
- (a.) Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant; an evil crop.
- (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.) 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 good.
- A chronic skin affection terminating in an ulcer, most commonly of the face. It is endemic along the Mediterranean, and is probably due to a specific bacillus. Called also Aleppo ulcer, Biskara boil, Delhi boil, Oriental sore, etc.
by Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary