Synonyms for evil

Synonyms for (noun) evil

Synonyms: evil, wickedness, iniquity, immorality

Definition: morally objectionable behavior

Similar words: transgression, evildoing

Definition: the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

Usage: the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father


Synonyms: evil, evilness

Definition: the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

Usage: attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world

Similar words: immorality

Definition: the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct

Usage: the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction


Synonyms: evil

Definition: that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune

Usage: the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones- Shakespeare

Similar words: bad, badness

Definition: that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

Usage: take the bad with the good

Synonyms for (adjective) evil

Synonyms: malefic, malevolent, malign, evil

Definition: having or exerting a malignant influence

Usage: malevolent stars; a malefic force

Similar words: maleficent

Definition: harmful or evil in intent or effect


Synonyms: evil

Definition: morally bad or wrong

Usage: evil purposes; an evil influence; evil deeds

Similar words: flagitious, monstrous, grievous, atrocious

Definition: shockingly brutal or cruel

Usage: murder is an atrocious crime; a grievous offense against morality; a grievous crime; no excess was too monstrous for them to commit


Similar words: bad

Definition: characterized by wickedness or immorality

Usage: led a very bad life


Similar words: black, sinister, dark

Definition: stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

Usage: black deeds; a black lie; his black heart has concocted yet another black deed; Darth Vader of the dark side; a dark purpose; dark undercurrents of ethnic hostility; the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him-Thomas Hardy


Similar words: corruptive, perversive, pestiferous

Definition: tending to corrupt or pervert


Similar words: diabolic, diabolical, demonic, fiendish, unholy, satanic, infernal, hellish

Definition: extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell

Usage: something demonic in him--something that could be cruel; fires lit up a diabolic scene; diabolical sorcerers under the influence of devils; a fiendish despot; hellish torture; infernal instruments of war; satanic cruelty; unholy grimaces


Similar words: despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, worthless, wretched, vile

Definition: morally reprehensible

Usage: would do something as despicable as murder; ugly crimes; the vile development of slavery appalled them; a slimy little liar


Similar words: mephistophelean, mephistophelian, devilish, diabolic, diabolical

Definition: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil

Usage: devilish schemes; the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen; the diabolical expression on his face; a mephistophelian glint in his eye


Similar words: evil-minded

Definition: having evil thoughts or intentions


Synonyms: vicious, evil

Definition: having the nature of vice

Similar words: wicked

Definition: morally bad in principle or practice