evil eye

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n evil eye a look that is believed to have the power of inflicting harm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Evil eye an eye which inflicts injury by some magical or fascinating influence. It is still believed by the ignorant and superstitious that some persons have the supernatural power of injuring by a look.
    • Evil eye See Evil eye under Evil a.
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Quotations

  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “The eyes of the lord are in every place seeing the evil and the good.”

Usage

In literature:

All the time they had an eager, evil eye out for a tall American and a slender girl!
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
The disciples of Balaam the wicked have an evil eye, a proud spirit, and a grasping soul.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
But there, on the steps, with legs apart, stood the wretch with the evil eyes.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
These serpents have their various names, as "Fire-Face," "Flaming Eye," "Evil Eye," etc.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
And Elathan bade him go to the chief king of the Fomor, Balor of the Evil Eye, to see what advice and what help would he give him.
"Gods and Fighting Men" by Lady I. A. Gregory
We closed Our lips and eyes, and bore the God-sent evil.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Now he rode with his eyes straight ahead, his face creased to a hard smile that brought out its evil lines.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
The saints defend us from the evil eye!
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
Has somebody been putting the evil eye on you?
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
Every one has heard of their belief in the evil eye, for instance.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The eyelid required four men to raise it, when his evil eye destroyed all on whom its glance fell.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
Balor of the Evil Eye, 64.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
She has the evil eye without a doubt.
"A Maid of the Silver Sea" by John Oxenham
T Did also use the evil eye.
"The Evolution Of An English Town" by Gordon Home
In my eyes also the moist tear is arisen; and may not the evil advance to a greater height than it is at present.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
And all that day and the next, the bulldog in the master's eye was a terror to evil-doers.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
These men seem to look with an evil eye upon children.
"The Fugitive Blacksmith" by James W. C. Pennington
In soldiers' eyes lying, theft, drunkenness, bad language, &c., are not evils at all.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
Miss Alice, sure it's well known he has the Evil Eye; it's in the family upon his mother's side.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
He had never looked so evil-eyed and subtle.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
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In poetry:

But, in the midst and towering high,
The tree of Evil and of Good
Proved more seductive to the eye
Than all the trees of Eden's wood.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
Sometimes close in our wake he swam,
And sometimes far, with a careless air—
But we knew that ever those evil eyes
Were wide awake and aware.
"The Shark" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
When Time with his evil eye
The beautiful Love has slain,
There is nought to gain or keep
Thereafter, and all is vain.
Should we wait to see Love die?
"Poppies" by Victor James Daley
The man he was a wicked man
And an evil life he led;
Rage made his cheek grow deadly white
And his grey eyes were large and light,
And in anger they grew red.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
Have sunk my thoughts as lead into the deep,
To grope for that abyss whence evil grew,
And spirits of ill, with eyes that cannot weep,
Hungry and desolate flew;
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
O evil words that are
The knives of desolating thought!
And though words be still
The hot eyes yet dart
Burning deaths from this mad heart
Into that torn heart.
"Scatter That Silver Ash Like Snow" by John Freeman

In news:

The New York Times alone published two reviews: "Leaving Egypt, Finding Brooklyn" and "Pretty Girls, Seemingly Pursued by an Evil Eye".
I know there is a dispute in the Gemara regarding ayin hara, the evil eye.
Katie Couric, really putting the evil eye on her.
OF the three "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys, state Environmental Protection Director Michael Miano apparently is the one with his hands covering his eyes.
Charlize Theron Gives the Evil Eye in New 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Photo.
Evil Eye ' a thrilling vision of an Ottoman hero.
Democrats and the ' evil eye '.
Thwarting the evil eye becomes fashionable.
Evil eye is looking at you.
Evil Eye' a thrilling vision of an Ottoman hero.
Democrats and the 'evil eye'.
But the one in question this time paced alongside me, giving me a very evil eye.
Tobi Rubinstein Schneier is wearing an animal-print hamsa necklace she designed herself to ward off the evil eye, and according to her, it's working just fine.
Whether it's finding a lucky penny, knocking on wood or sticking a rusty nail through a lime to avoid the evil eye, superstitions are a part of our society whether we realize it or not and are a uniting force across cultures.
The only widespread Mexican superstitions I'm aware of involving eyes are the Evil Eye and the talisman that protects people from it: the ojo de venado.
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