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We have a demon, we have an angel inside, within our souls, and you just play with it, and sometimes the evil part of you wins the battle, in a very important decision, or in a bedtime, with your lover. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
Demian Bichir

Meaning of "evil" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD EVIL

Old English yfel, of Germanic origin; compare Old Frisian evel, Old High German ubil evil, Old Irish adbal excessive.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF EVIL

evil  [ˈiːvəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF EVIL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Evil can act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES EVIL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

evil

Evil

Evil, in its most general context, is taken as the absence or complete opposite of that which is ascribed as being good. Often, evil is used to denote profound immorality. In certain religious contexts evil has been described as a supernatural force. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its root motives and causes. However, elements that are commonly associated with evil involve unbalanced behavior involving expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect. In cultures with Manichaean and Abrahamic religious influence, evil is usually perceived as the dualistic antagonistic opposite of 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 Śūnyatā meaning emptiness in the sense of recognition of good and evil being two opposing principles but not a reality, emptying the duality of them, and achieving a oneness.

Definition of evil in the English dictionary

The first definition of evil in the dictionary is morally wrong or bad; wicked. Other definition of evil is causing harm or injury; harmful. Evil is also marked or accompanied by misfortune; unlucky.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH EVIL


approval
əˈpruːvəl
coaeval
kəʊˈiːvəl
coeval
kəʊˈiːvəl
disapproval
ˌdɪsəˈpruːvəl
khedival
kɪˈdiːvəl
longaeval
lɒnˈdʒiːvəl
marvel
ˈmɑːvəl
Marvell
ˈmɑːvəl
mediaeval
ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl
medieval
ˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl
orval
ˈɔːvəl
postmedieval
ˌpəʊstˌmɛdɪˈiːvəl
premedieval
ˌpriːmɛdɪˈiːvəl
primaeval
praɪˈmiːvəl
primeval
praɪˈmiːvəl
receival
rɪˈsiːvəl
removal
rɪˈmuːvəl
retrieval
rɪˈtriːvəl
shrieval
ˈʃriːvəl
upheaval
ʌpˈhiːvəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE EVIL

eviction order
evictor
evidence
evident
evidential
evidentially
evidentiary
evidently
evil eye
Evil One
evil spirit
evil twin
evil-eyed
evil-minded
evil-mindedly
evil-smelling
evildoer
evildoing
evilly
evilness

WORDS THAT END LIKE EVIL

anvil
axis of evil
bedevil
boll weevil
cavil
chervil
civil
daredevil
devil
dust devil
go to the devil
like the devil
raise the devil
she-devil
Tasmanian devil
the king´s evil
the very devil
tree of knowledge of good and evil
uncivil
weevil

Synonyms and antonyms of evil in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «EVIL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «evil» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of evil

Translation of «evil» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF EVIL

Find out the translation of evil to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of evil from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «evil» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

邪恶的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

malvado
570 millions of speakers

English

evil
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बुराई
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَرِير
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

злой
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

mau
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মন্দ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

malveillant
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jahat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

böse
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

사악한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jahat
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ác
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தீய
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वाईट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kötülük
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

malvagio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

злий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

rău
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μοχθηρός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kwaad
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ond
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ond
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of evil

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «EVIL»

The term «evil» is very widely used and occupies the 3.951 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «evil».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «EVIL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «evil» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «evil» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about evil

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10 QUOTES WITH «EVIL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word evil.
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Madeleine Albright
I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what's evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We're less sure about what is good. There's sort of good, good enough, could be better - but absolute good is a little harder to define.
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Saint Basil
Every evil is a sickness of soul, but virtue offers the cause of its health.
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Charles Baudelaire
The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
4
Demian Bichir
We have a demon, we have an angel inside, within our souls, and you just play with it, and sometimes the evil part of you wins the battle, in a very important decision, or in a bedtime, with your lover. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
5
Alton Brown
Stuffing is evil. Stuffing adds mass, so it slows the cooking. That's evil because the longer the bird cooks, the drier it will be.
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Pearl S. Buck
When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
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Tony Campolo
When leading evangelicals say terrible things about Islam, evil things about Islam, terrible things about Muhammad, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
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Morris Raphael Cohen
If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
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Norm Coleman
Let us never forget that terrorism at its heart, at its evil heart, is a psychological war. It endeavors to break the spirit and the resolve of those it attacks by creating a lose-lose situation.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
I think we all have the capacity of evil in us.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «EVIL»

Discover the use of evil in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to evil and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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See No Evil
See No Evil is the astonishing and controversial memoir from one of the CIA's top field officers of the past quarter century.
Robert Baer, 2010
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Evil
In this selection of insightful lectures, Rudolf Steiner addresses the mystery of evil, offering a complex and original picture. Evil, he asserts, is a phenomenon that arises when something appears outside its true context.
Rudolf Steiner, Michael Kalisch, 1997
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Evil: An Investigation
In this singular survey of this mysterious but all too often palpable force, veteran Time magazine essayist Lance Morrow offers a sustained look at the unmistakable ways evil manifests itself in history and in the human hea.
Lance Morrow, 2009
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God, Freedom, and Evil
This book discusses and exemplifies the philosophy of religion, or philosophical reflection on central themes of religion.
Alvin Plantinga, 1974
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Evil: Satan, Sin, and Psychology
Professors Cooper and Epperson have written an eminently approachable introductory text to the issue of evil and how it interfaces with one's faith, conscience, psychology, and zeitgeist.
Terry D. Cooper, Cindy K. Epperson, 2008
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Evil
Rather than treating evil as a supernatural force or a religious issue, Wieviorka analyses it from a sociological point of view, showing how these various forms of evil are constituted in day-to-day life.
Michel Wieviorka, 2012
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The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology
The very bulk of these texts indicates the importance of the subject in Indian thought, and the failure to take into consideration some of the rather idiosyncratic Indian attitudes to this most basic problem has led to widespread ...
Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger, 1980
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Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy
The book is written with grace and wit; again and again, Neiman writes the kind of sentences we dream of uttering in the perfect conversation: where every mot is bon. This is exemplary philosophy.
‎2004
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A Philosophy of Evil
"Svendsen has a way with words, and, unlike many writers of philosophy books, is also blessed with a sly wit and a thorough knowledge of popular culture."-Phil Miller, The Glasgow Herald
Lars Fr. H. Svendsen, 2010
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Fear No Evil
New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Serge Schmemann reflects on those monumental events, and on Sharansky's extraordinary life in the decades since his arrest, in a new introduction to this edition.
Natan Sharansky, 1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «EVIL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term evil is used in the context of the following news items.
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Evil plane seat design would ruin whatever good remains of air …
Viewed from above, a sitting human being looks like a T-block from Tetris. The shoulders jut to the sides, and the legs protrude forward in a ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
2
Touch of Evil review – brilliant noir melodrama restored to Welles's …
Touch of Evil review – brilliant noir drama restored to Welles's vision. 5 / 5 stars. Orson Welles gave one of his most Shakespearean ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Ash vs Evil Dead: Sam Raimi drops intel on the new show | EW.com
Evil Dead. Posted July 9 2015 — 10:15 AM EDT. Sam Raimi is an A-list Hollywood director best known for a big-budget superhero trilogy and a Wizard of Oz ... «Entertainment Weekly, Jul 15»
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies 'Shadows of Evil' trailer debuts …
... Evil' trailer debuts with full details. Shadows of Evil drops you into the recognizable yet terrifyingly unfamiliar world of the 1940s film-noir era ... «GameZone, Jul 15»
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'Minions' falls victim to its own evil plot - Houston Chronicle
Not every co-star is worth a whole movie, and the minions, as it turns out, weren't. A spinoff of the "Despicable Me" movies, in which the little ... «Chron.com, Jul 15»
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How to Get Rid of The Evil Eye | Penny Phillips - Huffington Post
I called my then boyfriend from the office bathroom to give him the dreaded news that someone at work had given me the evil eye, or what ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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General Hospital Spoilers: Is Evil Nikolas Cassadine Brainwashed …
Nik has always been a disappointment to his evil grandma Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) because he didn't follow in her and other ... «Celebrity Dirty Laundry, Jul 15»
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Iranian Human Rights Activist: Backing Iran against ISIS is Fighting …
Iranian Human Rights Activist: Backing Iran against ISIS is Fighting “Evil with Evil”. by TheTower.org Staff | 07.09.15 12:09 pm. It would be a mistake from a ... «TheTower.org, Jul 15»
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#SDCC15: Sideshow Collectibles Unveils Deluxe Evil Dead 2 Ash …
Sideshow Collectibles recently announced that they acquired the license for Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, and it didn't take long for them to start ... «Dread Central, Jul 15»
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Man who killed Joel Battaglia is 'face of evil,' victim's family says at …
"To know the face of evil, look at Aurelias Marshall," she said. "I see no remorse." Gail Battaglia, her husband, Jerry, and their son, Jeremy, ... «MLive.com, Jul 15»

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