1 bad, awful, wrong, immoral, wicked, sinful, nefarious, iniquitous, base, corrupt, vile, accursed, damnable, villainous, heinous, infamous, flagitious, foul, nasty, abominable, atrocious, horrible, horrid, ghastly, grisly, dreadful, depraved, vicious, malevolent, maleficent, malefic, black-hearted, evil-minded:
He was an evil tyrant who killed anyone who opposed him.
2 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious, insidious, unscrupulous, unprincipled, dishonest, dishonourable, crooked, criminal, felonious, knavish, sinister, underhand(ed), dirty, corrupt:
He thought up an evil plan for getting rid of his wife.
3 harmful, destructive, hurtful, injurious, mischievous, detrimental, ruinous, deleterious, disastrous, catastrophic, pernicious, noxious, malignant, malign, virulent, toxic, poisonous, deadly, lethal:
Evil policies were promulgated against minority groups, and racist attacks abounded.
4 unfortunate, unlucky, ominous, inauspicious, dire, unpropitious, calamitous, infelicitous, woeful:
Their business had fallen on evil times.
5 bad, offensive, disgusting, repulsive, awful, nasty, mephitic, noxious, foul, pestilential, putrid, vile; disagreeable, unpleasant:
An evil odour permeated the crypt.
6 badness, sin, vice, wickedness, iniquity, turpitude, immorality, profligacy, depravity, degeneracy, corruption, degradation, devilry or deviltry, villainy, nefariousness, viciousness, vileness, heinousness, flagitiousness, baseness, foulness:
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.
7 harm, hurt, injury, mischief, damage, ruin, calamity, misfortune, catastrophe, destruction, disaster, cataclysm; ill, misery, suffering, pain, sorrow, woe, agony, anguish:
Evil befell the residents of Pompeii.