necessary evil Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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necessary evilnoun [C]

uk   us  
something ​unpleasant that must be ​accepted in ​order to ​achieve a ​particularresult: I ​think he ​regardswork as a ​necessaryevil. Most Americans ​accepttaxes as a ​necessaryevil.
(Definition of necessary evil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “necessary evil”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不想做但必须做的事, 不得不接受的事…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不想做但必須做的事, 不得不接受的事…
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