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American English: /ˈivəl/
British English: /ˈiːv(ə)l/
, /ˈiːvɪl/

Translation of evil in Spanish:


  • 1 (wicked)
    de gran maldad
    an evil spirit
    un espíritu maligno or maléfico
    an evil tongue
    una lengua viperina or malévola
    evil spell an evil killer
    un malvado asesino
    Example sentences
    • She too is evil, dark and wicked and she too will pay the price if she does die.
    • A girl can't even get the satisfaction of contemplating evil deeds in a properly villainous position these days!
    • His atrocities and evil deeds invited the curse.
    Example sentences
    • Taxes with or without representation are evil, ever fostering harm and destruction.
    • Logically, if one follows the common mores of the west, the intent to ‘do harm’ would be evil.
    • In his homily he urged the young people to remain loyal to the pledge to abstain from alcohol which they were taking, and warned them of the evil effect on society from the use of drugs.
  • 2 (unpleasant)
    he has an evil temper
    tiene muy mal genio
    to put off the evil day/hour
    retrasar or posponer el día/momento fatídico or funesto
    Example sentences
    • One of these, when I knew it many years ago, was black, splattered with pigeon droppings, subjected to dense fogs, evil smells, filth everywhere.
    • Speight's putsch has the evil smell of a South Pacific Kristallnacht.
    • Borne along by the flow of traffic, she passed through the forum arch into a stew of noises, colors, and evil smells.


  • 1 uncountable (sin, wrong-doing) there is no evil in her
    no tiene ninguna maldad
    the struggle of good against evil
    la lucha del bien y del mal
    Example sentences
    • Next will be that perennial complaint by predictable hand wringers that children's toy advertising is a modern evil of biblical proportions.
    • I implore the May Day protesters to worry about real problems, rather than just labelling everything as an evil of capitalism.
    • There are indications that romantic aberrations are becoming more and more an evil of underprivileged people.
  • 2 countable (something harmful) a necessary evil
    un mal necesario
    the lesser of two evils
    el menor de dos males
    Example sentences
    • It is a minor skin problem yet it is considered a social evil.
    • It was for the political reason that Nazism had ceased to be a social evil, especially when viewed alongside the new menace of communism.
    • We are responsible to God if by our carelessness or neglect we lead our children into a life or crime or other social evils.
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