Synonyms of evil


1. evil, immorality, wickedness, iniquity, transgression, evildoing

usage: morally objectionable behavior

2. evil, bad, badness

usage: that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune; "the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare

3. evil, evilness, immorality

usage: the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"


1. evil (vs. good), atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous, bad, black, dark, sinister, corruptive, perversive, pestiferous, demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholy, despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretched, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelian, mephistophelean, evil-minded, bad, immoral, offensive, unrighteous, wicked, wrong

usage: morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"

2. evil, vicious, wicked (vs. virtuous)

usage: having the nature of vice

3. malefic, malevolent, malign, evil, maleficent (vs. beneficent)

usage: having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"

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Definition and meaning of evil (Dictionary)