Definition of evil adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈiːvl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːvl//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈiːvɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːvɪl//
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  1. 1  (of people) enjoying harming others; morally bad and cruel an evil man an evil grin See related entries: Immoral
  2. 2  having a harmful effect on people; morally bad evil deeds the evil effects of racism
  3. 3  connected with the Devil and with what is bad in the world evil spirits
  4. 4extremely unpleasant an evil smell
  5. Word OriginOld English yfel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch euvel and German Übel.Extra examples Kristin smiled a particularly evil smile. He gave an evil laugh. In his speech he described the evil effects of racism. It was an ancient charm to ward off evil spirits. Police described the killer as ‘a desperate and evil man’. The rubbish bin was giving off an evil smell.Idioms
    the evil hour/day/moment
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    (often humorous) the time when you have to do something difficult or unpleasant I’d better go and see the dentist—I can’t put off the evil hour any longer.
    somebody’s good/evil genius
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    (especially British English) a person or spirit who is thought to have a good/bad influence over you
    a witch’s/an evil brew
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    (British English, informal) an unpleasant drink that is a mixture of different things
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: evil