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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
evil (adjective)
1.
a) morally reprehensible - sinful wicked an evil impulse
b) arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct - a person of evil reputation
2.
a) archaic - inferior
b) causing discomfort or repulsion - offensive an evil odor
c) - disagreeable woke late and in an evil temper
3.
a) causing harm - pernicious the evil institution of slavery
b) marked by misfortune - unlucky
evil (noun)
1.
a) the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing
b) a cosmic evil force
2.
something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
evil (adjective)
1.
causing or capable of causing harm
SYNONIMS:
adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, detrimental, evil, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous, nocuous, noxious, pernicious, prejudicial, wicked
RELATED WORDS:
hostile, inimical, unfriendly; contagious, deadly, infectious, infective, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, poisonous, venomous; insidious, menacing, ominous, sinister, threatening; hazardous, imperiling ( imperilling), jeopardizing, parlous, perilous, risky, unsafe, unsound; nasty, noisome, unhealthful, unhealthy, unwholesome; destructive, fatal, killer, lethal, malignant, ruinous
NEAR ANTONYMS:
advantageous, beneficial, useful; favorable, good, propitious; curative, healthful, healthy, helpful, palliative, remedial, salubrious, salutary, wholesome; secure, sound; benignant; noncorrosive, nondestructive, nonfatal, noninfectious, nonlethal, nonpoisonous, nonpolluting, nontoxic, nonvenomous
anodyne, benign, harmless, hurtless, innocent, innocuous, inoffensive, safe
evil (adjective)
2.
not conforming to a high moral standard; morally unacceptable
SYNONIMS:
black, dark, evil, immoral, iniquitous, nefarious, rotten, sinful, unethical, unlawful, unrighteous, unsavory, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrong
RELATED WORDS:
base, contemptible, despicable, dirty, disreputable, evil-minded, ignoble, ill, infernal, low, mean, snide, sordid; atrocious, cruel, infamous, nasty; blamable, blameworthy, censurable, objectionable, obscene, offensive, reprehensible; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, libertine, loose, low-minded, perverted, reprobate, scrofulous, sick, unhealthy; cursed ( curst), cussed, defiling, noxious, pernicious, pestilential, ugly, ungodly, unwholesome; banned, barred, condemned, discouraged, forbidden, illegal, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, unauthorized, unclean; disallowed; execrable, lousy, miserable, wretched; errant, erring, fallen, unprincipled, unscrupulous; improper, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, naughty, unbecoming, unseemly, vulgar; dishonest, dishonorable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
elevated, high, high-minded, law-abiding, legitimate, lofty, noble, principled, reputable, scrupulous; allowed, authorized, legal, licensed, permissible, permitted; approved, endorsed ( indorsed), sanctioned; abetted, encouraged, promoted, supported; clean, correct, decent, decorous, exemplary, proper, seemly; blameless, commendable, creditable, guiltless, legitimate; chaste, immaculate, incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, lily-white, perfect, pure, spotless, squeaky-clean, uncorrupted, unerring, unfallen, unobjectionable, venerable, white, wholesome; esteemed, respected, upstanding, worthy
decent, ethical, good, honest, honorable, just, moral, right, righteous, sublime, upright, virtuous
evil (adjective)
3.
causing intense displeasure, disgust, or resentment
SYNONIMS:
abhorrent, abominable, appalling, awful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, obscene, odious, rancid, repellent ( repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly
RELATED WORDS:
exceptionable, objectionable; brackish, disagreeable, dislikable ( dislikeable), unpleasant; contemptible, despicable, detestable, hard, hateful; unhealthy, unsavory, unwholesome; execrable, lousy, miserable; atrocious, frightful, ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome ( grewsome), heinous, horrendous, horrific, horrifying, lurid, macabre, monstrous, nightmarish, shocking, sick, sickish, sickly, terrible, unspeakable, vile; off-putting, undesirable, unwanted, unwelcome; barbarous, unchristian, uncivilized, ungodly, unholy; distressing, disturbing, upsetting
NEAR ANTONYMS:
acceptable, agreeable, alluring, appealing, attractive, blessed ( blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, desirable, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, gratifying, heavenly, inviting, likable ( likeable), luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, savory ( savoury), sweet, welcome; unexceptionable, unobjectionable; healthful, healthy, restorative, salubrious, salutary, wholesome
innocuous, inoffensive
evil (noun)
that which is morally unacceptable
SYNONIMS:
bad, evildoing, ill, immorality, iniquity, sin, villainy, wrong
RELATED WORDS:
atrociousness, atrocity, badness, balefulness, darkness, depravedness, devilishness, diabolism, enormity, evilness, heinousness, iniquitousness, satanism, sinfulness, vileness, wickedness; devilry ( deviltry), fiendishness; cancer, canker, decay, rot, squalor; corruption, debauchery, degeneracy, depravity, indecency, malefaction, perversion, pervertedness, scurrility, scurrilousness; abomination, anathema, taboo ( tabu)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
decency, goodness, honesty, integrity, probity, rectitude, uprightness; goodness, righteousness, virtuousness
good, morality, right, virtue
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