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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  • 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?


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

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)