Translation of "evil" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈiː.vəl/ us /ˈiː.vəl/

B2 morally bad, cruel, or very unpleasant

an evil dictator 邪恶的独裁者
These people are just evil. 这些人太恶毒了。

If the weather or a smell is evil, it is very unpleasant.


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evilnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈiː.vəl/ 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. 每个新上任的领导人都会把过去所有的弊病全都归罪于他的前任。
Drug addiction is one of today's great social evils. 吸毒成瘾是当今社会的一大罪恶。
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). 为了长期的和平,采取军事行动是两害相权取其轻的选择。
the battle between good and evil 善与恶的较量

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(Translation of “evil” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)