Translation of "evil" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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eviladjective

uk /ˈiː.vəl/ us /ˈiː.vəl/

B2 morally bad, cruel, or very unpleasant

道德敗壞的;邪惡的,惡毒的;討厭的
an evil dictator 邪惡的獨裁者
These people are just evil. 這些人太惡毒了。

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

天氣或氣味討厭的;令人不舒服的;令人作嘔的

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

邪惡(之事);罪惡(行為);禍害;災禍
Each new leader would blame his predecessor for all the evils of the past. 每個新上任的領導人都會把過去所有弊病全部歸咎於前任。
Drug addiction is one of today's great social evils. 吸毒成癮是現今社會的一大罪惡。
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). 為了長期的和平,採取軍事行動是兩害相權取其輕的選擇。
the battle between good and evil 善與惡的較量

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 (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)