Evil \e"vil\, adv. In an evil manner; not well; ill;
badly; unhappily; injuriously; unkindly. --Shak
It went evil with his house. --1 Chron vii.
The Egyptians evil entreated us, and affected us
--Deut. xxvi 6
Evil \e*vil\ adj. [OE. evel, evil, ifel,
uvel, AS. yfel; akin to OFries, evel, D.
euvel, OS. & OHG. ubil, G. ["u]bel, Goth
ubils, and perh. to E. over.]
- Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a
nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good;
worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant;
an evil crop
A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit. --Matt vii.
- Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt;
wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words,
and the like
Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, When death's
approach is seen so terrible. --Shak
- Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity;
unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days
Because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin
of Israel. --Deut. xxii 19
The owl shrieked at thy birth -- an evil sign
Evil news rides post, while good news baits
Evil \e"vil\ ([=e]"v'l) n.
- Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a
being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to
sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm; -- opposed to good
Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft
interred with their bones --Shak
- Moral badness, or the deviation of a moral being from the
principles of virtue imposed by conscience, or by the will of the
Supreme Being, or by the principles of a lawful human authority;
disposition to do wrong; moral offence; wickedness; depravity
The heart of the sons of men is full of evil --Eccl.
ix. 3 3.
malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil, the
He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched
for the evil. --Addison