evil

Evil is the opposite of good. We usually think of villains as evil — wrong, immoral and nasty on many levels — and heroes as good.

This word is often reserved for our most terrible crimes and criminals: Adolf Hitler is usually the face of evil in history, while Voldemort is that face in recent literature. Evil can be less extreme, meaning simply anything that brings harm; we can talk about the evils of alcohol or the evils of power. When both major candidates for President seem lame, people often say they're choosing between the lesser of two evils. Not all evils are equally evil.

Definitions of evil
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adj morally bad or wrong

evil purposes”
“an evil influence”
evil deeds”
Synonyms:
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities
atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous
shockingly brutal or cruel
bad
characterized by wickedness or immorality
black, dark, sinister
stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
corruptive, perversive, pestiferous
tending to corrupt or pervert
demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholy
extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, vile, worthless, wretched
morally reprehensible
devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelean, mephistophelian
showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
evil-minded
having evil thoughts or intentions
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
offensive
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
unrighteous
not righteous
wicked
morally bad in principle or practice
Antonyms:
good
morally admirable
good
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
angelic, angelical, beatific, sainted, saintlike, saintly
marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
goody-goody
affectedly or smugly good or self-righteous
redeeming, redemptive, saving
bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
white
benevolent; without malicious intent
moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
right
in conformance with justice or law or morality
righteous
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
virtuous
morally excellent
worthy
having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
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adj having or exerting a malignant influence

Synonyms:
malefic, malevolent, malign
maleficent
harmful or evil in intent or effect

adj having the nature of vice

Synonyms:
vicious
wicked
morally bad in principle or practice

n morally objectionable behavior

Synonyms:
immorality, iniquity, wickedness
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devilry, deviltry
wicked and cruel behavior
foul play
unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
irreverence, violation
a disrespectful act
sexual immorality
the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions
blasphemy, desecration, profanation, sacrilege
blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
Type of:
evildoing, transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

n the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

“attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world”
Synonyms:
evilness
Antonyms:
good, goodness
moral excellence or admirableness
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malevolence, malevolency, malice
the quality of threatening evil
malignance, malignancy, malignity
quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
balefulness, maleficence, mischief
the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
worst
the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable
nefariousness, ugliness, vileness, wickedness
the quality of being wicked
reprehensibility
being reprehensible; worthy of and deserving reprehension or reproof
villainousness, villainy
the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior
perverseness, perversity
deliberately deviating from what is good
error, wrongdoing
departure from what is ethically acceptable
frailty, vice
moral weakness
bitchiness, cattiness, nastiness, spite, spitefulness
malevolence by virtue of being malicious or spiteful or nasty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness
the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
beastliness, meanness
the quality of being deliberately mean
filthiness
moral corruption or pollution
enormity
the quality of extreme wickedness
Type of:
immorality
the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct

n that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

“the evil that men do lives after them”
Types:
Four Horsemen
(New Testament) the four evils that will come at the end of the world: conquest rides a white horse; war a red horse; famine a black horse; plague a pale horse
Type of:
bad, badness
that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

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