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eviladjective

uk   us   /ˈiː.vəl/
B2 morally bad, cruel, or very unpleasant: an evil dictator These people are just evil. If the weather or a smell is evil, it is very unpleasant.
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evilnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈiː.vəl/
B2 something that is very bad and harmful: Each new leader would blame his predecessor for all the evils of the past. Drug addiction is one of today's great social evils. For the sake of long-term peace, the military option is the lesser evil/the lesser of two evils (= the less unpleasant of two bad choices). the battle between good and evil
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Translations of “evil”
in Arabic شِرِّير…
in Korean 사악한…
in Malaysian jahat…
in French mauvais…
in Turkish fena, kötü, berbat…
in Italian cattivo, malvagio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 道德敗壞的, 邪惡的,惡毒的, 討厭的…
in Russian злой…
in Polish zły, złowrogi…
in Vietnamese xấu xa…
in Spanish malo, malvado…
in Portuguese malvado…
in Thai ชั่วร้าย…
in German böse…
in Catalan malvat…
in Japanese 邪悪な…
in Indonesian jahat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 道德败坏的, 邪恶的,恶毒的, 讨厌的…
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