evil Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “evil” in the English Dictionary

"evil" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈiː.vəl/
B2 morallybad, ​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 ​greatsocial evils. For the ​sake of ​long-termpeace, the ​militaryoption is the lesser evil/the lesser of two evils (= the less ​unpleasant of two ​badchoices). the ​battle between good and evil
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(Definition of evil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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evilnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈi·vəl/
the ​condition of being ​immoral, ​cruel, or ​bad, or an ​act of this ​type: [U] a ​contest between good and evil
adjective  us   /ˈi·vəl/
an evil ​ruler
(Definition of evil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “evil”
in Korean 사악한…
in Arabic شِرِّير…
in Malaysian jahat…
in French mauvais…
in Russian злой…
in Chinese (Traditional) 道德敗壞的, 邪惡的,惡毒的, 討厭的…
in Italian cattivo, malvagio…
in Turkish fena, kötü, berbat…
in Polish zły, złowrogi…
in Spanish malo, malvado…
in Vietnamese xấu xa…
in Portuguese malvado…
in Thai ชั่วร้าย…
in German böse…
in Catalan malvat…
in Japanese 邪悪な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 道德败坏的, 邪恶的,恶毒的, 讨厌的…
in Indonesian jahat…
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