Evil eye
Evil E*vil ([=e]"v'l) a. [OE. evel, evil, ifel, uvel, AS. yfel; akin to OFries, evel, D. euvel, OS. & OHG. ubil, G. ["u]bel, Goth. ubils, and perh. to E. over.] 1. Having qualities tending to injury and mischief; having a nature or properties which tend to badness; mischievous; not good; worthless or deleterious; poor; as, an evil beast; and evil plant; an evil crop. [1913 Webster]

A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit. --Matt. vii. 18. [1913 Webster]

2. Having or exhibiting bad moral qualities; morally corrupt; wicked; wrong; vicious; as, evil conduct, thoughts, heart, words, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, When death's approach is seen so terrible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous; as, evil tidings; evil arrows; evil days. [1913 Webster]

Because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel. --Deut. xxii. 19. [1913 Webster]

The owl shrieked at thy birth -- an evil sign. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Evil news rides post, while good news baits. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

It almost led him to believe in the evil eye. --J. H. Newman.

{Evil speaking}, speaking ill of others; calumny; censoriousness.

{The evil one}, the Devil; Satan. [1913 Webster]

Note: Evil is sometimes written as the first part of a compound (with or without a hyphen). In many cases the compounding need not be insisted on. Examples: Evil doer or evildoer, evil speaking or evil-speaking, evil worker, evil wishing, evil-hearted, evil-minded.

Syn: Mischieveous; pernicious; injurious; hurtful; destructive; wicked; sinful; bad; corrupt; perverse; wrong; vicious; calamitous. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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