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Synonyms for evil
ˈi vəlevil

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  1. evilnoun


  2. evilnoun

    Intending to harm; malevolent.

    The evils of society include murder.


  3. eviladjective

    Morally corrupt.


  4. eviladjective


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. evil

    Abomination (from the Latin ab omen, a thing of ill omen) was originally applied to anything held in religious or ceremonial aversion or abhorrence; as, "The things which are highly esteemed among men are abomination in the sight of God." Luke xvi, 15. The word is oftener applied to the object of such aversion or abhorrence than to the state of mind that so regards it; in common use abomination signifies something very much disliked or loathed, or that deserves to be. Choice food may be an object of aversion and disgust to a sick person; vile food would be an abomination. A toad is to many an object of disgust; a foul sewer is an abomination. As applied to crimes, abomination is used of such as are especially brutal, shameful, or revolting; theft is an offense; infanticide is an abomination.

    abhorrence, abomination, abuse, annoyance, aversion, crime, curse, detestation, disgust, execration, hatred, horror, iniquity, nuisance, offense, plague, shame, villainy, wickedness

    affection, appreciation, approval, benefit, blessing, delight, desire, enjoyment, esteem, esteem, gratification, joy, satisfaction, treat

Princeton's WordNet

  1. evil, immorality, wickedness, iniquitynoun

    morally objectionable behavior

    immorality, shabbiness, sinfulness, sin, ugliness, evilness, iniquity, dark, unfairness, wickedness, darkness, sliminess, repulsiveness, lousiness, nefariousness, loathsomeness, vileness, injustice

    good, goodness, angelical, virtuous, saintly, beatific, saving(a), angelic, redeeming(a), redemptive, sainted, white, beneficent, goody-goody, saintlike

  2. evilnoun

    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

    wickedness, iniquity, immorality, evilness

    goodness, good, white, goody-goody, virtuous, saintly, beatific, saving(a), saintlike, beneficent, redemptive, redeeming(a), sainted, angelical, angelic

  3. evil, evilnessadjective

    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

    "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"

    wickedness, iniquity, immorality, evilness

    goodness, good, angelical, sainted, angelic, white, redeeming(a), saintly, beatific, redemptive, saintlike, virtuous, saving(a), beneficent, goody-goody

  4. eviladjective

    morally bad or wrong

    "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

    malevolent, vicious, malefic, malign

    goodness, good, redeeming(a), beneficent, virtuous, redemptive, goody-goody, beatific, sainted, white, saving(a), saintlike, angelic, saintly, angelical

  5. evil, viciousadjective

    having the nature of vice

    malefic, savage, deplorable, reprehensible, fell, venomous, criminal, condemnable, roughshod, malign, malevolent, cruel, barbarous, vicious, poisonous, brutal

    good, goodness, goody-goody, saving(a), white, saintlike, redeeming(a), virtuous, beneficent, angelic, saintly, redemptive, sainted, beatific, angelical

  6. malefic, malevolent, malign, eviladjective

    having or exerting a malignant influence

    "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"

    malefic, malevolent, malign, vicious

    good, goodness, white, sainted, angelic, angelical, beneficent, redemptive, saintly, saving(a), virtuous, goody-goody, beatific, redeeming(a), saintlike

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. eviladjective

    bad, ill, not good

  2. eviladjective

    wicked, sinful, vicious, corrupt, perverse, wrong

  3. eviladjective

    mischievous, hurtful, harmful, noxious, deleterious

  4. eviladjective

    unhappy, unfortunate, calamitous, adverse, unpropitious

  5. evilnoun

    calamity, misfortune, disaster, reverse

  6. evilnoun

    wickedness, sin, depravity, malignity, wicked disposition

  7. evilnoun

    wrong, injury, mischief, harm

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. eviladjective

    sinful, immoral, sinister, unrighteous, vicious, pernicious, bad

  2. evilnoun

    wickedness, depravity, sin, iniquity, perniciousness, belial, unrighteousness, disaster, misfortune, calamity, reverse, injustice, damage, injury, wrong, mischief

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  1. Gabriele Vest:

    I think it’s really unfortunate that this rule has now been passed, but I think it’s a necessary evil, i think kids have to learn that there are consequences for your actions, and this is the consequence.

  2. Proverb:

    There is nothing so evil as the mind of a virtuous woman.

  3. Lois Lerner:

    Yesterday was a doozy. They called me back to testify on the IRS ‘scandal,’ and I tool (sic) the 5th again because they had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them.

  4. Jordan Peele:

    I would say,' What is your part in the evils that you observe ?' in order for us to live a life in safety, or relative safety, someone has to live a life of danger. We're connected to evil whether or not we face it on the daily basis or not.

  5. Joseph Conrad:

    The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

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