Translation of "evil" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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eviladjective

uk /ˈiː.vəl/ us /ˈiː.vəl/

B2 morally bad, cruel, or very unpleasant

道德败坏的;邪恶的,恶毒的;讨厌的
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.

天气或气味讨厌的;令人不舒服的;令人作呕的

More examples

  • The film was about an evil genius who wanted to control the world.
  • She was given a magic charm to ward off evil spirits.
  • I don't believe that human beings are innately evil.
  • This evil, cold-hearted killer confessed that he often drugged his victims before he killed them.
  • In the 'Harry Potter' films, does the evil wizard, Voldemort, ever actually appear?

Idiom(s)

evilnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈiː.vəl/ us /ˈiː.vəl/

B2 something that is very bad and harmful

邪恶(之事);罪恶(行为);祸害;灾祸
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

More examples

  • Poverty and ignorance, the bishop said, were the forces of evil in our society today.
  • Frank subscribed firmly to the belief that human kindness would overcome evil.
  • She was portrayed in the papers as the embodiment of evil.
  • You should never meddle with the powers of evil.
  • His new book is a gruesome tale of evil, deceit and murder.

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