Evil, in a general sense, is the opposite or absence of good. It can be an extremely broad concept, though in everyday usage is often used more narrowly to denote profound wickedness. It is generally seen as taking multiple possible forms, such as the form of personal moral evil commonly associated with the word, or impersonal natural evil (as in the case of natural disasters or illnesses), and in religious thought, the form of the demonic or supernatural/eternal.Evil can denote profound immorality, but typically not without some basis in the understanding of the human condition, where strife and suffering (cf. Hinduism) are the true roots of evil. In certain religious contexts, evil has been described as a supernatural force. As defined in philosophy it can be the name for the psychology and instinct of individuals which selfishly but often necessarily defends the personal boundary against deadly attacks and serious threats. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its motives. Elements that are commonly associated with personal forms of evil involve unbalanced behavior involving anger, revenge, fear, hatred, psychological trauma, expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect.Evil is sometimes perceived as the dualistic antagonistic binary opposite to good, in which good should prevail and evil should be defeated. In cultures with Buddhist spiritual influence, both good and evil are perceived as part of an antagonistic duality that itself must be overcome through achieving Nirvana. The philosophical questions regarding good and evil are subsumed into three major areas of study: Meta-ethics concerning the nature of good and evil, Normative ethics concerning how we ought to behave, and Applied ethics concerning particular moral issues. While the term is applied to events and conditions without agency, the forms of evil addressed in this article presume an evildoer or doers.
Some religions and philosophies deny evil's existence and usefulness in describing people.
Intending to harm; malevolent.
"an evil plot to kill innocent people"
"Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil?"
Unpleasant, foul (of odour, taste, mood, weather, etc.).
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
Having harmful qualities; not good; worthless or deleterious.
"an evil beast; an evil plant; an evil crop"
undesirable; harmful; bad practice
"Global variables are evil; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way."
Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
"The evils of society include murder and theft."
"Evil lacks spirituality, hence its need for mind control."
Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm.
A malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil (scrofula).
Unfavorable; negative; not good.
"You have bad credit."
"The weather looks pretty bad right now."
"Don't talk to him; he's in a bad mood."
Not suitable or fitting.
"Do you think it is a bad idea to confront him directly?"
Not appropriate, of manners etc.
"It is bad manners to talk with your mouth full."
Unhealthy; liable to cause health problems.
"Lard is bad for you. Smoking is bad for you, too. Grapes are bad for dogs but not for humans."
Sickly, unhealthy, unwell.
"Joe's in a bad way; he can't even get out of bed."
"I went to the hospital to see how my grandfather was doing. Unfortunately, he's in a bad state."
"I've had a bad back since the accident."
Tricky; stressful; unpleasant.
"Divorce is usually a bad experience for everybody involved."
"Be careful. There are bad people in the world."
Faulty; not functional.
"I had a bad headlight."
, rotten, overripe.
"These apples have gone bad."
"Bad breath is not pleasant for anyone."
False; counterfeit; illegitimate.
"They were caught trying to pass bad coinage."
Unskilled; of limited ability; not good.
"I'm pretty bad at speaking French."
"He's a bad gardener; everything he tries to grow ends up dying."
Of poor physical appearance.
"I look really bad whenever I get less than seven hours of sleep."
"I don't look bad in this dress, do I?"
Bold and daring.
"He is in bad need of a haircut."
Overly promiscuous, licentious.
"You is SIC bad, man!"
"I didn't do too bad in the last exam."
"Sorry, my bad!"
An item (or kind of item) of merchandise with negative value; an unwanted good.
form of Alternative past tense|bid. See bade.
To shell (a walnut).
Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant; an evil crop.
Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like.
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days.
Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; - opposed to good.
Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority; disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity.
malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the scrofula.
In an evil manner; not well; ill; badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly.
Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; - the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.
morally objectionable behavior
that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune;
"the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"
the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice;
"attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
morally bad or wrong;
"an evil influence"
having the nature of vice
tending to cause great harm
having or exerting a malignant influence;
"a malefic force"
that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency;
"take the bad with the good"
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"
"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"
"a bad headache"
"in a big rage"
"had a big (or bad) shock"
"a bad earthquake"
"a bad storm"
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"
(of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition;
"a refrigerator full of spoilt food"
not capable of being collected;
"a bad (or uncollectible) debt"
below average in quality or performance;
"a bad chess player"
"a bad recital"
"so-called bad grammar"
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"
physically unsound or diseased;
"has a bad back"
"a bad heart"
"an unsound limb"
capable of harming;
"smoking is bad for you"
keenly sorry or regretful;
"felt bad about letting the team down"
"was sorry that she had treated him so badly"
"felt bad about breaking the vase"
characterized by wickedness or immorality;
"led a very bad life"
"like a bad penny..."
"a forged twenty dollar bill"
not working properly;
"a bad telephone connection"
"a defective appliance"
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"
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"