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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. 4 extremely unpleasant an evil smell
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: evil