What is evil?

  • (adj): Morally bad or wrong.
    Example: "Evil purposes"; "an evil influence"; "evil deeds"
    Synonyms: wicked
    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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Philosophical Questions About Evil - Is Evil Necessary?
... Martin Luther allowed that there are cases where a little evil is a positive good ... certain schools of political philosophy, leaders are encouraged to be indifferent to good or evil, taking actions based solely on practicality this approach to politics was put ... 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 ...
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 mastermind business and ... Evil, she says, "Dr ...
Krsnik (vampire Hunter)
... 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 black one ... leaves the body, either voluntarily or due to a higher power, to fight evil agents and ensure good harvest, health, and happiness ... which the celestial pagan god Perun is locked in eternal combat with the evil snake of the underworld, Veles ...
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 ...
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" ... Music composer Hirokazu Tanaka called him the "embodiment of evil," composing music for Giygas to suit the player's proximity to Giygas ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word evil:

    At last a vision has been vouchsafed to us of our life as a whole. We see the bad with the good.... With this vision we approach new affairs. Our duty is to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life, without weakening or sentimentalizing it.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)

    “I know all evil and all good—I also know what is beyond evil and good”Msaid Zarathustra.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    “Good and evil are God’s prejudices”Msaid the serpent.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)