What is evil?

  • (noun): The quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice.
    Example: "Attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
    Synonyms: evilness
    See also — Additional definitions below

Evil

Evil is profound immorality, especially when regarded as a supernatural force, for example in religious belief. Evil is usually perceived as the dualistic opposite of good. Definitions of evil vary, as does the analysis of its root motives and causes; however, evil is commonly associated with conscious and deliberate wrongdoing, discrimination designed to harm others, humiliation of people designed to diminish their psychological well-being and dignity, destructiveness, motives of causing pain or suffering for selfish or malicious intentions, and acts of unnecessary or indiscriminate violence. The philosophical question of whether morality is absolute or relative leads to questions about the nature of evil, with views falling into one of four opposed camps: moral absolutism, amoralism, moral relativism, and moral universalism.

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Krsnik (vampire Hunter)
... The krsnik turns into an animal at night to fight off the kudlak, his evil vampire antithesis, with the krsnik appearing as a white animal and the kudlak as a ... voluntarily or due to a higher power, to fight evil agents and ensure good harvest, health, and happiness ... and other countries, in which the celestial pagan god Perun is locked in eternal combat with the evil snake of the underworld, Veles ...
Giygas
... He is an evil alien being bent on destroying the Earth, and is referred to by the titles "Universal Cosmic Destroyer" and "Embodiment of Evil" ... as the line "it hurts..." Music composer Hirokazu Tanaka called him the "embodiment of evil," composing music for Giygas to suit the player's proximity ...
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
... Resident Evil Apocalypse is a 2004 science-fiction action-horror film directed by Alexander Witt, from a screenplay written by producer Paul W ... It is the second installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil ... Borrowing elements from the video games Resident Evil 2, 3 Nemesis, and Code Veronica, Resident Evil Apocalypse follows heroine Alice, who has escaped the underground Umbrella facility, who ...
Frau Farbissina - In Popular Culture
... In Comedy Central's Canned Ham The Doctor Evil Story, a half hour-long preview special of The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr ... Evil states that he met Farbissina "at gymnasia in Baden-Baden at a street corner next to the McDonald's." Farbissina asserts that she would eventually like to get out of the criminal ... Evil, she says, "Dr ...
Philosophical Questions About Evil - Is Evil Necessary?
... Martin Luther allowed that there are cases where a little evil is a positive good ... leaders are encouraged to be indifferent to good or evil, taking actions based solely on practicality this approach to politics was put forth by Niccolò Machiavelli ... claim to a "higher moral duty" specific to political leaders, under which the greatest evil is seen to be the failure of the state to protect itself and its citizens ...

More definitions of "evil":

  • (noun): That which causes harm or destruction or misfortune.
    Example: "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones"- Shakespeare
  • (adj): Morally bad or wrong.
    Example: "Evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
    Synonyms: wicked

Famous quotes containing the word evil:

    Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practises. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.
    Graham Greene (1904–1991)

    The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.
    Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886)

    The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.
    Samuel Butler (1835–1902)