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Definition of evil adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of people) enjoying harming others; morally bad and cruel an evil man an evil grin
  2. 2having a harmful effect on people; morally bad evil deeds the evil effects of racism
  3. 3connected with the devil and with what is bad in the world evil spirits
  4. 4extremely unpleasant an evil smell
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: evil