• WordNet 3.6
    • n evilness the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "dexterity", to do with skill is related to the right hand. The opposite of the word "deter" is "sinister", to do with evil, it is related to the left hand
    • n Evilness The condition or quality of being evil; badness; viciousness; malignity; vileness; as, evilness of heart; the evilness of sin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away
    • n evilness The state or character of being evil; badness; viciousness: as, evilness of heart.
    • n evilness Badness of quality or condition; debasement; loss of value.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In South Carolina you can be fined for not denouncing "the evils of intemperance" on the fourth Friday of every October.
    • ns Evilness state of being evil: wickedness
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  • Edward II
    Edward II
    “Evil be to him who evil thinks.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “They that know no evil will suspect none.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The love of evil is the root of all money.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.”
  • Anne Rice
    Anne Rice
    “Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.”


Lesser of two evils - Something that is the lesser of two evils, is an unpleasant option, but not as bad as the other.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. yfel; Dut. euvel; Ger. übel. Ill is a doublet.


In literature:

We are invertebrate, and on the evil day we are not able to stand.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Do not pay back evil for evil; aim to do what is honorable in the eyes of all men.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Its influence is evil, and nothing but evil.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
For one, an evil beast in the form of a spider has dwelt among them.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Unreasonableness of returning evil for evil.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Interaction of the mores and the evil eye.+ The doctrine of the evil eye is plainly an immediate deduction from demonism.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
For if He remembered all the evil deeds of all the Israelites, He remembered the evil deeds of all other persons.
"The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Sermons Preached at the Opening Services of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in 1866" by Knowles King
Female influence too, which is so powerful in leading men either to good or to evil, takes in this case the evil part.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
If we are able to 'withstand in the evil day,' we shall 'stand' more securely when the evil day has stormed itself away.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Once he took Loki with him, Loki, the doer of good and the doer of evil.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum

In poetry:

A burning lake, a furnace hot,
A burning oven, too,
Must be the portion, share, and lot,
Of those which evil sow.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
It was a messenger of woe
Has sought the Austrian land:
"Ah! gracious lady, evil news!
My lord lies on the strand.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
His charity was like a flood,
It seemed to have no bound,
But reached the evil and the good,
Wherever want was found.
"In Memoriam: Rensellaer Biddle" by David John Scott
"Lead her out of this evil shadow,
Out of these fancies wild;
Let the holy love of the mother
Turn again to her child.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Of evil times that men can choose
On evil fate to fall,
What brooding Judgment let you loose
To pick the worst of all?
"The Rowers" by Rudyard Kipling
She said, there was an aged woman,
And she had a daughter fair,
Whose evil habits fill'd her heart
With misery and care.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Control group a necessary evil for housing study (with video).
Check out this video of Kyle ' Gumby ' Gunther of Battlecross on stage with Pop Evil in New Mexico.
The tour features Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, God Forbid, Emmure and Battlecross.
The young wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) begins to learn more about the evil Voldemort in the sixth film based on J.K. Rowling's book series.
How will biotech crop opponents portray drought-tolerant corn plants as evil.
John Darkow on Wicked Witch Mitt 'Middle Class' Hansel and Gretel ask Evil Witch Romney: "So, how is all this candy going to be paid for".
Danish director Ole Bornedal ( I Am Dina, Deliver Us From Evil ) has made some fine films in his career.
The evil political sibling of 'Strangers on a Train'.
The Hermit Kingdom, the most isolated country in the world, an outlaw nation, an exporter of terrorism, part of the "axis of evil".
Super bucks good-over-evil convention in favor of average-Joe comeuppance.
"Evil Elmo" shows up in Calif after NYC arrest.
Starting in the sixth century, Saint Michael became widely known as the leader of the Army of God and a major force to help prevail over the forces of evil.
Ahhhh, ' Hocus Pocus' — the story of three evil (singing and dancing) witches who like to eat children and sometimes also turn them into cats.
Ahhhh, 'Hocus Pocus' — the story of three evil (singing and dancing) witches who like to eat children and sometimes also turn them into cats.
Holiness , Insight, and Evil.

In science:

The logarithmic factor in Theorem 11.1 is necessary when the orthonormal matrix V is particularly evil.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
If f is new, the H-eigenspace of fα and fβ are of dimension 1. (iii) The form fβ is evil if and only if it is of critical slope, that is if vp (β ) = k + 1.
Critical p-adic L-function
Estas constantes son: na  |A| ¥ 2 la cual se refiere al número de acciones, nc ¥ 2 es el número de celdas y nω el número de ob jetos (sin incluir al agente que se va a evaluar ni a dos ob jetos especiales llamados Good y Evil que veremos más adelante).
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Los ob jetos realizan una y solo una acción en cada interacción con el entorno (excepto los ob jetos especiales Good y Evil, los cuales pueden realizar varias acciones simultáneamente).
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Aparte del agente evaluado π , como ya hemos mencionado existen dos ob jetos especiales llamados Good y Evil, representados por ` y a respectivamente cuando son vistos por el agente evaluado π .
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans