What is evil?

  • (adj): Having or exerting a malignant influence.
    Synonyms: malefic, malevolent, malign
    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 ... 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, a 16th-cent ... by laying 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 ...
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 ...
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 black one ... The krsnik 's soul leaves the body, either voluntarily or due to a higher power, to fight evil agents and ensure good harvest, health, and happiness ... celestial pagan god Perun is locked in eternal combat with the evil snake of the underworld, Veles ...
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 open ... Evil, she says, "Dr ...
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 ...

More definitions of "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
  • (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:

    If woman alone had suffered under these mistaken traditions [of women’s subordination], if she could have borne the evil by herself, it would have been less pitiful, but her brother man, in the laws he created and ignorantly worshipped, has suffered with her. He has lost her highest help; he has crippled the intelligence he needed; he has belittled the very source of his own being and dwarfed the image of his Maker.
    Clara Barton (1821–1912)

    ... good and evil appear to be joined in every culture at the spine.
    Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)

    Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
    Bible: New Testament Jesus, in Matthew, 6:34.

    From the Sermon on the Mount.