Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

evil  - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective evil pronunciation in British English /ˈiːv(ə)l/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    an evil person does very bad or cruel things

    a dangerous and evil dictator

    Synonyms and related words
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      used about someone’s behaviour

      their evil deeds

      an evil grin

      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      connected with the Devil and forces that make bad things happen

      evil spirits

      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    morally bad and causing great harm, especially to society in general

    evil drug-pushers

    Synonyms and related words
    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    very unpleasant

    an evil-smelling chemical

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog