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1‘an evil deed’
wicked, bad, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, immoral, sinful, ungodly, unholy, foul, vile, base, ignoble, dishonourable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, degenerate, villainous, nefarious, sinister, vicious, malicious, malevolent, demonic, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, dark, black-hearted
monstrous, shocking, despicable, atrocious, heinous, odious, contemptible, horrible, execrable
informal low-down, stinking, dirty, shady, warped, bent, crooked
archaic dastardly, black
rare egregious, flagitious, peccable
2‘the evil influence of society’
harmful, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, deleterious, inimical, bad, mischievous, pernicious, malignant, malign, baleful, venomous, noxious, poisonous
calamitous, disastrous, destructive, ruinous
literary malefic, maleficent
3‘his army suffered in the evil weather’
unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, horrible, foul, filthy, vile
inclement, wet, rainy, stormy, squally, blustery, cold, freezing, foggy
4‘she helped those who had fallen on evil times’
unlucky, unfortunate, unfavourable, adverse, unhappy, disastrous, catastrophic, ruinous, calamitous, unpropitious, inauspicious, dire, woeful
1‘I sense the evil in our midst’
wickedness, bad, badness, wrong, wrongdoing, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness, immorality, vice, iniquity, turpitude, degeneracy, vileness, baseness, perversion, corruption, depravity, villainy, nefariousness, atrocity, malevolence, devilishness
informal shadiness, crookedness
rare peccability, peccancy
2‘nothing but evil would come out of such a meeting’
harm, pain, hurt, misery, sorrow, suffering, trauma, trouble, disaster, detriment, destruction, loss, misfortune, catastrophe, calamity, affliction, woe, ruin, hardship
3‘the evils of war’
abomination, atrocity, obscenity, outrage, enormity, crime, monstrosity, barbarity, barbarism
torment, curse, bane
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