(noun, adjective)


1. morally bad or wrong

- evil purposes

- an evil influence

- evil deeds

Similar word(s): bad, atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous, bad, black, dark, sinister, corruptive, perversive, pestiferous, demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholy, despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, vile, worthless, wretched, devilish, mephistophelean, mephistophelian, immoral, offensive, wrong, unrighteous, wicked

2. having the nature of vice

Similar word(s): wicked, vicious

3. having or exerting a malignant influence

Similar word(s): maleficent, malefic, malevolent, malign

Sentences with evil as an adjective:

- Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil?

- an evil plot to kill innocent people

- an evil beast; an evil plant; an evil crop

- Global variables are evil; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.


1. morally objectionable behavior

Similar word(s): immorality, iniquity, wickedness

Definition categories: act, evildoing, transgression

2. that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

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

Definition categories: attribute, bad, badness

3. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

- attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world

Similar word(s): evilness

Definition categories: attribute, immorality

Sentences with evil as a noun:

- The evils of society include murder and theft.

- Evil lacks spirituality, hence its need for mind control.