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Synonyms for bad

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 9 votes

  1. bad, badnessadjective

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

    "take the bad with the good"

    severity, mischievousness, severeness, naughtiness, badness

    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. badadjective

    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"

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

    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, bigadjective

    very intense

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

    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

    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, toughadjective

    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"

    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

    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, spoiltadjective

    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

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

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

    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, badadjective

    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"

    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

    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, uncollectibleadjective

    not capable of being collected

    "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

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

    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. badadjective

    below average in quality or performance

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

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

    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. badadjective


    "so-called bad grammar"

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

    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, speculativeadjective

    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"

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

    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, unsoundadjective

    physically unsound or diseased

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

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

    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. badadjective

    capable of harming

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

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

    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. badadjective

    characterized by wickedness or immorality

    "led a very bad life"

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

    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, forgedadjective

    reproduced fraudulently

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

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

    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, defectiveadverb

    not working properly

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

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

    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, badadverb

    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"

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

    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, badadverb

    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"

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

    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

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Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. badadjective

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

  2. badadjective

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

  3. badadjective

    untoward, unlucky, unfortunate, unwelcome

  4. badadjective

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

  5. badadjective

    poor, inferior

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD5.0 / 1 vote

  1. BAD

    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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  1. Eric Xu:

    From China's perspective, to determine whether this is a good thing or bad thing we have to look at whether the market has healthy competition, is this good money replacing bad money or bad money replacing good money?

  2. Swingers:

    Trent I don't want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone's *really* hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you're not sure whether or not you like yet. You're not sure where he's coming from. Okay You're a bad man. You're a bad man. You're a bad man, bad man.

  3. Graham Norton:

    Some of them have been really bad, i had n’t thought them through. The topknot was n’t too bad but the cornbraids were a bad decision.

  4. Scott Walker:

    I think it's that bad of a deal, it's a bad deal for us, it's a bad deal for Israel, it's a bad deal for the region, it's not just the starting gun, it will accelerate the nuclear arms race, and it is empowering Iran to do what they're going to do.

  5. Thiruman Archunan:

    Good and bad are not of different kinds but only vary in degree; both vary in quantity not in quality. There is nothing called quality but only a variation in quantity; a quality is an effect of varying quantities. This way a good becomes bad at a limiting point that is known to us; but a bad already became bad at a limit that is not known to us!

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