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noun evil pronunciation in American English /ˈiv(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a power that makes people do very bad and cruel things

    the struggle between good and evil

    1. a.
      very bad or cruel behavior

      Does everyone have the potential for evil?

  2. 2
    [countable] something that is very bad

    the view of crime as a social evil

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    give sb evils to look angrily at someone because they have said or done something you dislike

    Human Rights Act Proposal Prompts Queen To Give David Cameron 'Evils' During Queen's Speech

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 27/05/2015


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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