The forces/behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good. Evil generally seeks own benefit at the expense of others and is based on general malevolence. (noun)
Any particular individual or state which may follow these forces or behaviors. (noun)
Examples of word evil
-- _God Almighty was all justice and equity: whoever labored unto good experienced good in himself; and he who toiled unto evil experienced evil_.
I as a theologian blame nothing but the evil appearance, of which St. Paul says, Abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thess.v. 22).
"Why do you think evil in your hearts?" he said, that is, _evil of me -- that I am a blasphemer_.
How is it possible that they pursue moral evil merely _as moral evil_, and yet pursue it as the greatest apparent good?
"_Resolved_, That the people of Ohio now, as they have always done, look upon slavery as an evil, and unfavorable to the development of the spirit and practical benefits of free institutions; and that, entertaining these sentiments, they will at all times feel it to be their duty to use all power clearly given by the terms of the national compact, to prevent its increase, to mitigate, _and finally eradicate the evil_."