Evil, in a general sense, is the opposite or absence of good. It can be an extremely broad concept, though in everyday usage is often used more narrowly to denote profound wickedness. It is generally seen as taking multiple possible forms, such as the form of personal moral evil commonly associated with the word, or impersonal natural evil (as in the case of natural disasters or illnesses), and in religious thought, the form of the demonic or supernatural/eternal.Evil can denote profound immorality, but typically not without some basis in the understanding of the human condition, where strife and suffering (cf. Hinduism) are the true roots of evil. In certain religious contexts, evil has been described as a supernatural force. As defined in philosophy it can be the name for the psychology and instinct of individuals which selfishly but often necessarily defends the personal boundary against deadly attacks and serious threats. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its motives. Elements that are commonly associated with personal forms of evil involve unbalanced behavior involving anger, revenge, fear, hatred, psychological trauma, expediency, selfishness, ignorance, or neglect.Evil is sometimes perceived as the dualistic antagonistic binary opposite to good, in which good should prevail and evil should be defeated. In cultures with Buddhist spiritual influence, both good and evil are perceived as part of an antagonistic duality that itself must be overcome through achieving Nirvana. The philosophical questions regarding good and evil are subsumed into three major areas of study: Meta-ethics concerning the nature of good and evil, Normative ethics concerning how we ought to behave, and Applied ethics concerning particular moral issues. While the term is applied to events and conditions without agency, the forms of evil addressed in this article presume an evildoer or doers.
Some religions and philosophies deny evil’s existence and usefulness in describing people.
Intending to harm; malevolent.
“an evil plot to kill innocent people”
“Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil?”
Unpleasant, foul (of odour, taste, mood, weather, etc.).
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
Having harmful qualities; not good; worthless or deleterious.
“an evil beast; an evil plant; an evil crop”
undesirable; harmful; bad practice
“Global variables are evil; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.”
Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
“The evils of society include murder and theft.”
“Evil lacks spirituality, hence its need for mind control.”
Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm.
A malady or disease; especially in the phrase king’s evil (scrofula).
composed of both good and evil.