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Definition 1: morally objectionable behavior - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for evil in the sense of this definition

(evil is a kind of ...) the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

"the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"

(... is a kind of evil ) wicked and cruel behavior

(... is a kind of evil ) unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)

(... is a kind of evil ) a disrespectful act

(... is a kind of evil ) the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions

"sexual immorality is the major reason for last year's record number of abortions"

Definition 2: the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where evil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world

Synonyms for evil in the sense of this definition

(evil is a kind of ...) the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct

"the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"

(... is a kind of evil ) the quality of threatening evil

(... is a kind of evil ) moral weakness

(... is a kind of evil ) departure from what is ethically acceptable

(... is a kind of evil ) deliberately deviating from what is good

"there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"

(... is a kind of evil ) the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior

(... is a kind of evil ) being reprehensible; worthy of and deserving reprehension or reproof

(... is a kind of evil ) the quality of being wicked

(... is a kind of evil ) the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable

"the invaders did their worst" "so pure of heart that his worst is another man's best"

(... is a kind of evil ) the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

(... is a kind of evil ) quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will

(... are attributes of evil) morally bad or wrong

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

Definition 3: that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where evil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones

(evil is a kind of ...) that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

"take the bad with the good"

(... is a kind of evil ) (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

Definition 4: morally bad or wrong - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where evil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • evil purposes
  • an evil influence
  • evil deeds

(evil is similar to ...) morally reprehensible

"would do something as despicable as murder" "ugly crimes" "the vile development of slavery appalled them" "a slimy little liar"

(evil is similar to ...) having evil thoughts or intentions

(evil is similar to ...) showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil

"devilish schemes" "the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen" "the diabolical expression on his face" "a mephistophelian glint in his eye"

(evil is similar to ...) extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

"something demonic in him--something that could be cruel" "fires lit up a diabolic scene" "diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils" "a fiendish despot" "hellish torture" "infernal instruments of war" "satanic cruelty" "unholy grimaces"

(evil is similar to ...) tending to corrupt or pervert

(evil is similar to ...) stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

"black deeds" "a black lie" "his black heart has concocted yet another black deed" "Darth Vader of the dark side" "a dark purpose" "dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility" "the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him"

(evil is similar to ...) characterized by wickedness or immorality

"led a very bad life"

(evil is similar to ...) shockingly brutal or cruel

"murder is an atrocious crime" "a grievous offense against morality" "a grievous crime" "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"

(means also ...) contrary to conscience or morality or law

"it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor" "cheating is wrong" "it is wrong to lie"

(means also ...) not righteous

"an unrighteous man" "an unrighteous law"

(means also ...) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

"offensive odors"

(means also ...) deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

(means also ...) morally bad in principle or practice

(means also ...) 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"

(... are attributes of evil) the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

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

Definition 5: having or exerting a malignant influence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where evil or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • malevolent stars
  • a malefic force

Synonyms for evil in the sense of this definition

(evil is similar to ...) harmful or evil in intent or effect

Definition 6: having the nature of vice - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for evil in the sense of this definition

(evil is similar to ...) morally bad in principle or practice

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