Intending to harm; malevolent.
- Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil ?
- an evil plot to kill innocent people
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 19
- Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, / When death's approach is seen so terrible.
- He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel.
- The owl shrieked at thy birth — an evil sign.
(obsolete) Having harmful qualities; not good; worthless or deleterious.
- Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
* Bible, Matthew vii. 18
- an evil''' beast; an '''evil''' plant; an '''evil crop
(computing, programming, slang) undesirable; harmful; bad practice
- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit.
- Global variables are evil ; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.
* See also
* evil eye
* evil laugh
* evil laughter
* Evil One
* evil twin
Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
* Bible, (Ecclesiastes). ix. 3
* , chapter=16
- The heart of the sons of men is full of evil .
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The preposterous altruism too!
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.
* (John Milton)
* (William Shakespeare)
- evils which our own misdeeds have wrought
(obsolete) A malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil (scrofula).
- The evil that men do lives after them.
- He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil .
* axis of evil
* king's evil
* lesser evil
* necessary evil
* poll evil
A precipitous decline in fortune; death or rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth.
- Many economic and political reasons led to the downfall of the Roman Empire.
, date=May 13
, author=Alistair Magowan
, title=Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The Black Cats contributed to their own downfall
for the only goal when Titus Bramble, making his first appearance since Boxing Day, and Michael Turner, let Phil Jones' cross bounce across the six-yard box as Rooney tucked in at the back post.}}
The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
An act of falling down.
* (Thomas Hardy), A Laodicean
- It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead.
* (precipitous decline in fortune) fall
* (death or rapid deterioration) doom
To fall down; deteriorate; decline.
* 1977 , Mina P. Shaughnessy, Errors and expectations: a guide for the teacher of basic writing :
* 1998 , Peter Vink, Ernst A. P. Koningsveld, Steven Dhondt, Human factors in organizational design and management-VI :
- [...] wants to make civilization his subject, he will have a hard time proceeding with the sentence unless collapse is in his active vocabulary, for he cannot say "our civilization will downfall " or "fall down."
* 1998 , Lithuanian physics journal:
- Common belief has been that in the future the number of middle managers will downfall due to empowerment and team-building.
* 2008 , Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra :
- It should be noted that the magnitude of satellites decreases when tuning out of degeneracy, and in the wavelength range of 1.2-1.3 pm it downfalls to the value of 10-15% of the main spike magnitude.
- [...] As goodly air as ever From lunar orb downfell — Be it by hazard, Or supervened it by arrogancy?
* down-fallen, downfallen