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Synonyms for bad
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad, badness(adj)

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

    "take the bad with the good"

    Synonyms:
    severity, mischievousness, severeness, naughtiness, badness

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, redeeming(a), good enough, mild, peachy, valid, not bad(p), well behaved, fresh, swell, slap-up, well-behaved, echt, genuine, groovy, superior, goodish, bang-up, nifty, comfortable, solid, bully, harmless, hot, satisfactory, functioning, keen, superb, dandy, comfy, neat, great, standard, sound, received, healthy, smashing, cracking, corking, acceptable

  2. bad(adj)

    having undesirable or negative qualities

    "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, hot, superior, smashing, harmless, healthy, solid, redeeming(a), mild, echt, slap-up, bully, corking, goodish, groovy, bang-up, well behaved, swell, comfortable, nifty, valid, neat, peachy, acceptable, received, great, cracking, genuine, well-behaved, standard, sound, fresh, good enough, keen, not bad(p), dandy, functioning, comfy, satisfactory, superb

  3. bad, big(adj)

    very intense

    "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm"

    Synonyms:
    bountiful, magnanimous, full-grown, speculative, prominent, big, vainglorious, cock-a-hoop, sorry, braggy, with child(p), giving, uncollectible, grownup, regretful, grown, large(p), enceinte, bounteous, tough, liberal, unfit, high-risk, self-aggrandizing, swelled, risky, bighearted, handsome, fully grown, braggart(a), large, expectant, heavy(a), unsound, spoilt, great(p), bragging(a), freehanded, spoiled, heavy(p), forged, big(a), self-aggrandising, boastful, openhanded, adult, defective, gravid, big(p), crowing

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, smashing, bang-up, well-behaved, solid, harmless, corking, not bad(p), good enough, redeeming(a), fresh, cracking, nifty, comfy, acceptable, bully, superb, superior, neat, hot, functioning, peachy, dandy, satisfactory, received, keen, sound, goodish, great, well behaved, valid, mild, healthy, echt, standard, groovy, genuine, swell, slap-up, comfortable

  4. bad, tough(adj)

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

    Synonyms:
    knotty, big, regretful, spoiled, ruffianly, uncollectible, risky, speculative, rugged, toughened, problematic, baffling, elusive, hard, forged, defective, sturdy, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, high-risk, problematical, unfit

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, good enough, harmless, solid, hot, redeeming(a), groovy, received, smashing, well-behaved, superior, not bad(p), great, cracking, slap-up, functioning, bang-up, peachy, well behaved, sound, goodish, comfy, healthy, valid, standard, comfortable, satisfactory, superb, echt, neat, fresh, nifty, bully, keen, swell, dandy, genuine, acceptable, corking, mild

  5. bad, spoiled, spoilt(adj)

    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

    "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, blighted, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, comfortable, functioning, groovy, good enough, redeeming(a), sound, standard, echt, acceptable, great, superb, not bad(p), goodish, well behaved, mild, smashing, solid, neat, corking, harmless, keen, well-behaved, genuine, cracking, superior, slap-up, valid, dandy, peachy, comfy, swell, bully, satisfactory, fresh, healthy, hot, bang-up, received, nifty

  6. regretful, sorry, bad(adj)

    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

    "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"

    Synonyms:
    speculative, deplorable, big, no-account, dismal, dark, disconsolate, uncollectible, no-count, good-for-nothing, regretful, blue, tough, no-good, unfit, high-risk, grim, sad, risky, good-for-naught, lamentable, unsound, spoilt, distressing, spoiled, forged, sorry, pitiful, gloomy, drab, dingy, dreary, defective, drear, meritless

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, superior, mild, valid, dandy, goodish, received, hot, redeeming(a), solid, neat, genuine, good enough, healthy, harmless, standard, bang-up, smashing, echt, satisfactory, functioning, slap-up, acceptable, fresh, nifty, comfy, sound, groovy, well-behaved, corking, not bad(p), superb, comfortable, peachy, swell, well behaved, bully, keen, great, cracking

  7. bad, uncollectible(adj)

    not capable of being collected

    "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, sound, echt, standard, swell, peachy, well behaved, acceptable, groovy, hot, bang-up, good enough, mild, neat, received, cracking, genuine, superb, bully, redeeming(a), fresh, comfy, satisfactory, functioning, smashing, dandy, not bad(p), keen, nifty, well-behaved, solid, great, valid, comfortable, goodish, superior, harmless, healthy, slap-up, corking

  8. bad(adj)

    below average in quality or performance

    "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, well behaved, peachy, satisfactory, echt, well-behaved, healthy, not bad(p), solid, nifty, standard, neat, smashing, redeeming(a), corking, superior, groovy, genuine, keen, swell, hot, sound, slap-up, goodish, fresh, received, functioning, dandy, acceptable, valid, great, comfy, bang-up, mild, cracking, comfortable, harmless, bully, superb, good enough

  9. bad(adj)

    nonstandard

    "so-called bad grammar"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, good enough, healthy, slap-up, well behaved, solid, dandy, cracking, valid, goodish, smashing, comfy, groovy, swell, superb, satisfactory, peachy, neat, standard, genuine, keen, hot, bang-up, acceptable, great, bully, redeeming(a), not bad(p), echt, sound, mild, comfortable, superior, nifty, received, fresh, functioning, harmless, well-behaved, corking

  10. bad, risky, high-risk, speculative(adj)

    not financially safe or secure

    "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises"

    Synonyms:
    big, spoiled, uncollectible, risky, questioning, speculative, regretful, hazardous, forged, defective, inquisitive, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, wondering(a), high-risk, unfit, wild, notional

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, keen, comfortable, mild, redeeming(a), fresh, swell, neat, not bad(p), genuine, goodish, echt, peachy, corking, hot, satisfactory, healthy, solid, well behaved, nifty, valid, superb, functioning, acceptable, superior, sound, slap-up, great, standard, bully, bang-up, groovy, comfy, dandy, harmless, good enough, well-behaved, smashing, cracking, received

  11. bad, unfit, unsound(adj)

    physically unsound or diseased

    "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"

    Synonyms:
    big, spoiled, uncollectible, risky, speculative, regretful, fallacious, forged, defective, mentally ill, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, unstable, high-risk, unfit

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, great, not bad(p), smashing, corking, functioning, groovy, mild, swell, comfortable, well-behaved, received, acceptable, peachy, superb, goodish, comfy, good enough, bully, fresh, bang-up, dandy, satisfactory, harmless, solid, genuine, valid, standard, well behaved, cracking, sound, hot, keen, slap-up, neat, superior, echt, nifty, healthy, redeeming(a)

  12. bad(adj)

    capable of harming

    "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, sound, hot, solid, echt, mild, smashing, neat, slap-up, dandy, valid, redeeming(a), fresh, harmless, swell, peachy, comfortable, well behaved, genuine, keen, good enough, healthy, comfy, nifty, cracking, functioning, bully, standard, corking, superior, great, not bad(p), satisfactory, well-behaved, received, groovy, goodish, acceptable, bang-up, superb

  13. bad(adj)

    characterized by wickedness or immorality

    "led a very bad life"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, acceptable, cracking, peachy, sound, harmless, received, valid, mild, groovy, corking, solid, swell, neat, standard, functioning, hot, dandy, comfy, keen, comfortable, superb, slap-up, bang-up, superior, fresh, bully, echt, good enough, smashing, healthy, not bad(p), well-behaved, satisfactory, nifty, goodish, well behaved, redeeming(a), genuine, great

  14. bad, forged(adj)

    reproduced fraudulently

    "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, standard, great, cracking, well behaved, sound, dandy, echt, not bad(p), bully, hot, swell, healthy, smashing, slap-up, good enough, bang-up, valid, superior, acceptable, goodish, peachy, genuine, received, neat, satisfactory, well-behaved, nifty, corking, fresh, keen, redeeming(a), mild, comfortable, functioning, harmless, solid, groovy, superb, comfy

  15. bad, defective(adverb)

    not working properly

    "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance"

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, faulty, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, well-behaved, sound, acceptable, groovy, bully, comfortable, nifty, bang-up, comfy, not bad(p), functioning, standard, valid, healthy, cracking, received, hot, dandy, well behaved, peachy, goodish, neat, harmless, solid, great, genuine, smashing, keen, superb, superior, corking, redeeming(a), echt, swell, satisfactory, mild, good enough, fresh, slap-up

  16. badly, bad(adverb)

    with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')

    "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad"

    Synonyms:
    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, disadvantageously, ill, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, comfortable, goodish, well-behaved, bully, smashing, nifty, peachy, groovy, received, echt, neat, great, standard, redeeming(a), comfy, solid, functioning, well behaved, genuine, healthy, superb, corking, satisfactory, sound, bang-up, mild, slap-up, valid, hot, acceptable, superior, not bad(p), fresh, swell, harmless, dandy, keen, good enough, cracking

  17. badly, bad(adverb)

    very much; strongly

    "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"

    Synonyms:
    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, disadvantageously, ill, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, genuine, groovy, standard, dandy, nifty, comfortable, comfy, healthy, harmless, corking, cracking, goodish, well-behaved, acceptable, echt, received, good enough, slap-up, keen, bang-up, solid, not bad(p), smashing, satisfactory, fresh, neat, functioning, peachy, mild, great, well behaved, valid, superior, bully, redeeming(a), swell, hot, sound, superb

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bad

    Pernicious (Latin per, through, and neco, kill) signifies having the power of destroying or injuring, tending to hurt or kill. Pernicious is stronger than injurious; that which is injurious is capable of doing harm; that which is pernicious is likely to be destructive. Noxious (Latin noceo, hurt) is a stronger word than noisome, as referring to that which is injurious or destructive. Noisome now always denotes that which is extremely disagreeable or disgusting, especially to the sense of smell; as, the noisome stench proclaimed the presence of noxious gases.

    Synonyms:
    baneful, deadly, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, evil, foul, harmful, hurtful, injurious, insalubrious, mischievous, noisome, noxious, pernicious, perverting, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ruinous, unhealthful, unwholesome

    Antonyms:
    advantageous, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, healthful, helpful, invigorating, life-giving, profitable, rejuvenating, salutary, serviceable, useful, wholesome

Editors Contribution

  1. good

    when your parents tell you to clean your room and you clean it.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 16, 2020  
  2. jagat

    slang derived from malay word jahat, loosely translated as 'bad'

    Submitted by rinat on August 11, 2019  
  3. shrude

    a shrude man, a bad man

    he is a shrude man

    Submitted by rinat on August 7, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    evil, ill, baneful, deleterious, pernicious, mischievous, noxious, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, unwholesome

  2. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wicked, depraved, abandoned, dishonest, unfair, disingenuous, rascally, villanous

  3. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    untoward, unlucky, unfortunate, unwelcome

  4. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    vile, wretched, sorry, mean, shabby, scurvy, abominable

  5. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    poor, inferior

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. BAD

    Synonyms:
    BCL2-associated agonist of cell death, bcl2 antagonist of cell death2 BCL2L8, bcl2-L-82 BBC2, BCL2-antagonist of cell death protein, Bcl-2-binding component 6, BCL2-binding component 6, Bcl-2-like protein 8, BCL2-binding protein, Bcl-XL/Bcl-2-associated death promoter, BBC6, BCL-X/BCL-2 binding protein, Bcl2-L-8

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How to use bad in a sentence?

  1. Michael Sandford:

    I accept that Michael has tried to do a bad thing but he is mentally ill and is not a bad or dangerous person, he kept breaking down and sobbing on the phone, saying 'please, please, I just want to come home'. He's very remorseful ... He's just in a really bad way.

  2. Seth Noar:

    Smokers know that cigarettes are bad for them, but they likely tune out vague warnings that they have seen for years, such as `smoking causes cancer,’ seeing images of diseased lungs and people suffering from the negative health impacts of smoking appear to affect smokers in ways that simple text-only messages cannot achieve.

  3. Juan Carlos:

    You look at it like a job, you think they're bad, people who are going to kill other innocent people. And sure, at times you do regret it.

  4. Mike Schmidt:

    I’ve got a dishwasher at home myself : my wife, that was bad, huh ?

  5. Barack Obama:

    It's not enough just to feel bad. There are actions that could be taken to make events like this less likely. One of those actions we could take would be to enhance some basic common sense gun safety laws.

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