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Evil appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack. (Used by Google Fonts; 48 letters)
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Evil appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • live evil
  • evil olive
  • Live not on evil!
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The word evil is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun evil

What does evil mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: evils

  1. morally objectionable behavior
  2. that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
    • example: the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: bad / badness = that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
    • more specific term: Four Horsemen = the four evils that will come at the end of the world: conquest rides a white horse; war a red horse; famine a black horse
  3. the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

Definition of the adjective evil

What does evil mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more evil / eviler / eviller (less preferred form) | most evil / evilest / evillest (less preferred form)

  1. morally bad or wrong
  2. having the nature of vice
  3. having or exerting a malignant influence

Alternative definition of the adjective evil


  1. Intending to harm; malevolent.
  2. Morally corrupt.
  3. See Unpleasant.


  1. "Evil" is a 2003 Swedish drama film directed by Mikael Håfström, based on Jan Guillou's semi-autobiographical novel with the same name from 1981, and starring Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström and Gustaf Skarsgård. The film is set in a private boarding school in the 1950s with institutional violence as its theme.
  2. "Evil", also known as Το Κακό in Greek, is 2005 Greek zombie horror film. The film is notable for being the first Greek zombie movie.
  3. "Evil" a.k.a. "The Spreading Ground" is a 2000 Canadian crime film directed by Derek Vanlint. It was entered into the 22nd Moscow International Film Festival.
  4. "Evil" is a film.
    • country: Russia
    • language: Russian Language
    • starring: Val Nicholas
    • genres: Supernatural, Thriller
    • rating: 18+ (RU)
    • released in (9 years ago)


  1. "Evil": Ondskan is a Swedish novel by Jan Guillou.
    • also known as "Ondskan", The Evil
    • language: Swedish Language
    • genre: Autobiographical novel
    • subject: Music
    • released in (34 years ago)
  2. "Evil" is a book by Paul Ricœur.
    • also known as "Evil: a challenge to philosophy and theology"


Evil is a fictional character from the 2009 film 1 Day.


  1. "Evil" is a song by New York City-based post-punk revival band Interpol and is featured on the band's second album, Antics. It was released 3 January 2005 as the second single from that album, charting at #18 in the UK Singles Chart and #24 on Billboard magazines Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  2. "Evil", sometimes listed as "Evil", is a Chicago blues standard written by Willie Dixon. Howlin' Wolf recorded the song for Chess Records in 1954. It was included on the 1959 compilation album Moanin' in the Moonlight. When he re-recorded it for The Howlin' Wolf Album in 1969, "Evil" became Wolf's last charting single.
  3. "Evil" is the third single from the album Light & Magic by the electronic music group Ladytron. It was released in 2003 and reached a position of #44 on the UK Singles Chart.
  4. "Evil" is a song by R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire which was written by Philip Bailey and Maurice White. It was released in 1973 as a single and included on the band's 1973 album, Head to the Sky.
  5. Evil is a song by alternative rock band Grinderman, written collectively by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The song was featured as the fifth track on the band's second and final studio album, Grinderman 2. On Record Store Day 2011, "Evil" was released as a limited edition single, on 12" vinyl with an enclosed CD, with various remixes.
  6. "Evil" is a musical single of Ladytron.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  7. "Evil" is the 2005 single by Interpol.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  8. "Evil" is a musical album of Howlin' Wolf.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  9. "Evil" is a musical single of Monster Magnet.
    • released in (23 years ago)


  1. Evil was a garage rock band from Miami, Florida, active between late 1965 and early 1967. They were known for a hard–driving, sometimes, thrashing 60s punk sound that combined elements of blues, rockabilly, and British invasion influences. Their second drummer, Jeff Allen, who joined after the breakup of another Miami band, The Montells, made occasional visits to England, where he got a chance, firsthand, to see many of the top British bands play live and would then bring home his observations to share with fellow band members.
    • also known as The Evil
    • genres: Garage rock, Rock and roll, Protopunk
    • albums: "Always Runnin' Round", "The Montells/Evil", "Always Runnin' Around / Whatcha Gonna Do", "I’m Movin' On / You Can’t Make Me", "From a Curbstone / Short Life"
  2. Evil is a musical group.
    • albums: "Hammerstorm", "A Reflection of the Past / Where the Sun was Never Born", "Southern / Carelian Black Metal Holocaust"
  3. Evil is a musical group.
    • album: "Evil / Sortilège"

There are other groups with in their name, like Evil-Lyn, Pop Evil, Evil Army, Evil Damn, Evil Dead, Evil Eyes, Evil Jake, Evil Nine, Evil Stig, Evil twin, Dream Evil, Evil Blood, Evil Devil, Evil Skins, Evil Wrath, Evil's Toy, Age of Evil, Evil Beaver, Evil Empire.


Evil, in a general context, is taken as the absence or complete opposite of that which is ascribed as being good. Often, evil is used to denote profound immorality. In certain religious contexts, evil has been described as a supernatural force. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its root motives and causes. However, elements that are commonly associated with evil involve unbalanced behavior involving expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect.

  • also known as 惡

Phrases with Evil

Phrases starting with the word Evil:

  1. evil eye
  2. Evil twin
  3. Evil Laugh
  4. Evil Genius
  5. evil spirit
  6. evil-minded
  7. evil-looking
  8. Evil laughter

Phrases ending with the word Evil:

  1. Poll evil
  2. king's evil
  3. Lesser Evil
  4. Axis of evil
  5. Quarter-Evil

Other phrase containing the word Evil:

  1. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Evil

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Google previewAn Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies (2007)

by Orlando O. Espín, James B. Nickoloff

EVIL, PROBLEM OF conviction that the world as created is good and that a plentitude of good /being resides in creation as a whole. Ontologically, the Augustinian and Thomist traditions define evil as privatio boni, an "absence of the ...

Google previewA Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1894)

For the Use of Students by John R. Clark Hall

evil, ill, bad, wicked, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca (2008)

by Rosemary Guiley

evil eye The esbat may take place indoors or outdoors. A coven may have a regular meeting place or rotate it among the homes of coveners. The coveners may wear loose clothing such as robes, or they may be skyclad (nude). Animals ...

Google previewThe Cultural Dictionary of the Bible (1999)

by John J. Pilch

When the first hired in the story realize that the last hired are being treated with favoritism, they cast an evil eye on the owner of the vineyard. This is serious, a matter of life and death. Jesus' audience would be horrified to hear him include it in ...

Google previewDictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (1988)

by Jean-Charles Seigneuret

AVERILL EVIL Broadly speaking, evil is simply the difference between the way one wishes the world to be...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Judaism (2005)

by Sara E. Karesh, Mitchell M. Hurvitz

evil eye Further reading: Esther Hertzog, Immigrants and Bureaucrats: Ethiopians in an Israeli Absorption Center (New York: Berghahn Books, 1999); David Kessler, The Falashas: A Short History of the Ethiopian Jews (London and ...

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Quotes about Evil

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil. (Muhammad)
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Scrabble value of E1V4I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of EVIL

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