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English Dictionary: Evil by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
evil
adj
  1. morally bad or wrong; "evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
    Antonym(s): good
  2. having the nature of vice
    Synonym(s): evil, vicious
  3. having or exerting a malignant influence; "malevolent stars"; "a malefic force"
    Synonym(s): malefic, malevolent, malign, evil
n
  1. morally objectionable behavior [syn: evil, immorality, wickedness, iniquity]
  2. 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. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
    Synonym(s): evil, evilness
    Antonym(s): good, goodness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Aleppo boil \A*lep"po boil\, button \button\, [or] evil \evil\ .
      (Med.)
      A chronic skin affection terminating in an ulcer, most
      commonly of the face. It is endemic along the Mediterranean,
      and is probably due to a specific bacillus. Called also
      {Aleppo ulcer}, {Biskara boil}, {Delhi boil}, {Oriental
      sore}, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Evil \E"vil\ ([emac]"v'l) n.
      1. 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. --Milton.
  
                     The evil that men do lives after them. --Shak.
  
      2. 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 scrofula. [R.] --Shak.
  
                     He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched
                     for the evil.                                    --Addison.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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. 23.
  
               The Egyptians evil entreated us, and affected us.
                                                                              --Deut. xxvi.
                                                                              6.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Evil \E*vil\a. [OE. evel, evil, ifel, uvel, AS. yfel; akin to
      OFries, evel, D. euvel, OS. & OHG. ubil, G. [81]bel, Goth.
      ubils, and perh. to E. over.]
      1. 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. 18.
  
      2. 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.
  
      3. 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.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
                     Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      {Evil eye}, an eye which inflicts injury by some magical or
            fascinating influence. It is still believed by the
            ignorant and superstitious that some persons have the
            supernatural power of injuring by a look.
  
                     It almost led him to believe in the evil eye. --J.
                                                                              H. Newman.
  
      {Evil speaking}, speaking ill of others; calumny;
            censoriousness.
  
      {The evil one}, the Devil; Satan.
  
      Note: Evil is sometimes written as the first part of a
               compound (with or without a hyphen). In many cases the
               compounding need not be insisted on. Examples: Evil
               doer or evildoer, evil speaking or evil-speaking, evil
               worker, evil wishing, evil-hearted, evil-minded.
  
      Syn: Mischieveous; pernicious; injurious; hurtful;
               destructive; wicked; sinful; bad; corrupt; perverse;
               wrong; vicious; calamitous.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   evil adj.   As used by hackers, implies that some system,
   program, person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to be
   not worth the bother of dealing with.   Unlike the adjectives in the
   {cretinous}/{losing}/{brain-damaged} series, `evil' does not imply
   incompetence or bad design, but rather a set of goals or design
   criteria fatally incompatible with the speaker's.   This usage is
   more an esthetic and engineering judgment than a moral one in the
   mainstream sense.   "We thought about adding a {Blue Glue} interface
   but decided it was too evil to deal with."   "{TECO} is neat, but it
   can be pretty evil if you're prone to typos."   Often pronounced with
   the first syllable lengthened, as /eeee'vil/.   Compare {evil and
   rude}.
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   evil
  
      As used by a {hacker}, implies that some system, program,
      person, or institution is sufficiently maldesigned as to be
      not worth the bother of dealing with.   Unlike the adjectives
      in the cretinous, {losing}, {brain-damaged} series, "evil"
      does not imply incompetence or bad design, but rather a set of
      goals or design criteria fatally incompatible with the
      speaker's.   This usage is more an aesthetic and engineering
      judgment than a moral one in the mainstream sense.   "We
      thought about adding a {Blue Glue} interface but decided it
      was too evil to deal with."   "{TECO} is neat, but it can be
      pretty evil if you're prone to typos."   Often pronounced with
      the first syllable lengthened, as /eeee'vil/.
  
      Compare {evil and rude}.
  
      [{Jargon File}]
  
      (1994-12-12)
  
  
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