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eviladjective

uk   /ˈiː.vəl/ us   /ˈiː.vəl/
B2 morally bad, 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   /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. Drug addiction is one of today's great social evils. 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). 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
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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