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Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
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  1. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
  2. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous:
  3. Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable
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  1. Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable
  2. Morally corrupt or despicable:
  3. Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use:
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  1. Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use:
  2. (Obs.) Changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten
  3. Morally unsound or debased; perverted; evil; depraved
Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
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  1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
  2. Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper:
  3. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law:
Having the bad smell or taste of stale fats or oils; spoiled
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  1. Having the bad smell or taste of stale fats or oils; spoiled
  2. Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank.
  3. Repugnant; nasty:
Causing damage or harm; injurious.
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  1. Causing damage or harm; injurious.
  2. Causing detriment; harmful
(Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
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  1. (Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
  2. Behaving disobediently or mischievously:
  3. Indecent; improper:
  1. Not obedient.
  2. Not obedient; refusing or failing to obey; insubordinate; refractory
Not in conformity with the accepted standards of proper sexual behavior, specif., unchaste or lewd
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  1. Not in conformity with the accepted standards of proper sexual behavior, specif., unchaste or lewd
  2. Not moral; inconsistent with rectitude, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law.
  3. Not in conformity with accepted principles of right and wrong behavior, specif., depraved
Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction:
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  1. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction:
  2. Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten:
  3. Morally rotten; corrupt:
(Grammar) Lacking one or more of the inflected forms normal for a particular category of word, as the verb may in English.
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  1. (Grammar) Lacking one or more of the inflected forms normal for a particular category of word, as the verb may in English.
  2. Of a product or process, that it contains an error or flaw affecting performance; of a pleading or document, that it contains a shortcoming potentially causing its invalidity or leading to its dismissal. Of a product or process, that it contains an error or flaw affecting performance; of a pleading or document, that it contains a shortcoming potentially causing its invalidity or leading to its dismissal.
  3. Marked by subnormal structure, function, intelligence, or behavior:
Low or lower in order, degree, or rank:
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  1. Low or lower in order, degree, or rank:
  2. (Astronomy) Orbiting between Earth and the sun:
  3. Low or lower in quality, value, or estimation:
Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
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  1. Not adequate to fulfill a need or meet a requirement; insufficient.
  2. Not adequate; unequal to the purpose; insufficient; deficient; as, inadequate resources, power, conceptions, representations, etc.
  3. Not adequate; not sufficient; not equal to what is required
Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions:
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  1. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions:
  2. Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct:
  3. Not favorable; unpropitious:
Unsound or disordered.
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  1. Unsound or disordered.
  2. Affected with disease.
In poor health; sickly
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  1. In poor health; sickly
Causing pain or suffering, especially of a psychological nature.
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  1. Causing pain or suffering, especially of a psychological nature.
  2. Tending to impair or damage; injurious; mischievous; occasioning loss or injury.
  3. Causing hurt; specif., wounding the feelings
Having or showing opposition; adverse:
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  1. Having or showing opposition; adverse:
  2. Adverse, contrary, or disadvantageous
  3. Disadvantageous, adverse, unsuitable, inconducive; serving to hinder or oppose.
Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
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  1. Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
  2. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
  3. Not to one's liking; unpleasant or offensive.
Moving in an opposite or opposing direction:
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  1. Moving in an opposite or opposing direction:
  2. Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic:
  3. Contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable:
Marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune
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  1. Marked or accompanied by or resulting in misfortune
  2. Not suitable or successful
  3. Characterized by, bringing, or causing misfortune:
Full of regret; sorrowful or sorry.
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  1. Full of regret; sorrowful or sorry.
  2. Sorrowful about what has been lost or done.
Showing or resulting from contrition
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  1. Showing or resulting from contrition
  2. Arising from or expressing contrition:
  3. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
  1. Anxious or uneasy
  2. Intentionally marred or faded to convey an antique or used look:
  3. Given the appearance of wear, as by being faded or torn
In low spirits; depressed; disheartened
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  1. In low spirits; depressed; disheartened
  2. Sad and dispirited.
Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
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  1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
  2. Serious or grave; forbidding, as in expression or manner
  3. Serious or grievous
Concerned with important rather than trivial matters:
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  1. Concerned with important rather than trivial matters:
  2. Giving cause for concern; dangerous
  3. Not joking or trifling:
Fraught with danger or harm:
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  1. Fraught with danger or harm:
  2. Requiring serious thought; important; weighty
  3. (--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
Designating or of a point at which a change in character, property, or condition is effected
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  1. Designating or of a point at which a change in character, property, or condition is effected
  2. (Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction:
  3. Being or relating to a grave physical condition especially of a patient.
  1. Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.
  2. Troublesome; irritating:
  3. Inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty
Conforming to the current fashion; modish.
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  1. Conforming to the current fashion; modish.
  2. Conforming to current style in dress, decoration, behavior, etc.; smart; fashionable
Prepared for use or action, especially in combat.
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  1. Prepared for use or action, especially in combat.
  2. Producing a strong impression or response; striking:
  3. Existing in fact; actual:
Angry, irritable, disagreeable, etc.
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  1. Angry, irritable, disagreeable, etc.
  2. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous:
  3. Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
Having clear form and detail:
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  1. Having clear form and detail:
  2. Abrupt or acute:
  3. (Informal) Attractive or stylish:
Inferior; worthless:
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  1. Inferior; worthless:
  2. Unfavorable or unfair:
  3. Poor in quality
Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving:
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  1. Negative, unfavorable, or disapproving:
  2. Eliciting or deserving pity; pitiable:
  3. Not adequate in quality or quantity; inferior:
By, for, or about black people as a group; specif., in the U.S., by, for, or about black Americans
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  1. By, for, or about black people as a group; specif., in the U.S., by, for, or about black Americans
  2. Being of the color black, producing or reflecting comparatively little light and having no predominant hue.
  3. Evil; wicked:
Not in conformity with the accepted standards of proper sexual behavior, specif., unchaste or lewd
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  1. Not in conformity with the accepted standards of proper sexual behavior, specif., unchaste or lewd
  2. Not moral; inconsistent with rectitude, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law.
  3. Not in conformity with accepted principles of right and wrong behavior, specif., depraved
Characterized by iniquity; wicked.
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  1. Characterized by iniquity; wicked.
  2. Showing iniquity; wicked; unjust
  3. Wicked or sinful
(Rare) Diseased or causing disease
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  1. (Rare) Diseased or causing disease
  2. Sinful; sinning
  3. Breaking or disregarding a rule or practice; faulty
(Theol.) Damned
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  1. (Theol.) Damned
  2. Totally bad; corrupt; depraved
  3. Rejected by God and without hope of salvation.
Marked by or full of sin; wicked:
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  1. Marked by or full of sin; wicked:
  2. (Informal) Extremely pleasing to the senses; sensuously enjoyable:
Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved:
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  1. Having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved:
  2. Faulty or defective:
  3. Having bad or harmful habits; unruly
Playfully malicious or mischievous:
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  1. Playfully malicious or mischievous:
  2. (Slang) Strikingly good, effective, or skillful:
  3. Morally bad or wrong; acting or done with evil intent; depraved
Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
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  1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous:
  2. Unfair; unjust:
  3. Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper:
(Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
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  1. (Obs.) Wicked; bad; evil
  2. Behaving disobediently or mischievously:
  3. Indecent; improper:
Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
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  1. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
  2. Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
  3. Not to one's liking; unpleasant or offensive.
Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
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  1. Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
Unpleasant, as to the senses; disgusting; repugnant
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  1. Unpleasant, as to the senses; disgusting; repugnant
  2. Causing anger, displeasure, or resentment:
  3. Disagreeable to the senses:
Not appropriate; unsuitable.
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  1. Not appropriate; unsuitable.
  2. Not pleasing; disagreeable
  3. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  1. Not pleasant.
  2. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  3. Not pleasant; offensive; disagreeable
Very distasteful; disgusting
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  1. Very distasteful; disgusting
  2. Cloyingly sweet or sentimental
  3. Offensive; distasteful:
Repugnant; disgusting.
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  1. Repugnant; disgusting.
  2. (Colloquial, often childish) Of something highly offensive; causing aversion or disgust.
  3. (Slang) Unpleasant, disgusting, etc.
Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
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  1. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
  2. Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
  3. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious:
Causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse
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  1. Causing pain, hardship, etc.; adverse
  2. Not favorable; unpropitious:
  3. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions:
Not favorable; not auspicious.
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  1. Not favorable; not auspicious.
  2. Not auspicious; unfavorable; unlucky; ill-omened
  3. Not auspicious; ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky; unfavorable.
Having or showing opposition; adverse:
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  1. Having or showing opposition; adverse:
  2. Disadvantageous, adverse, unsuitable, inconducive; serving to hinder or oppose.
  3. (Of wind or weather) Causing obstacles or delay; not conducive to travel or work; inclement.
Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten:
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  1. Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten:
  2. Decomposed; rotten and foul-smelling
  3. Morally rotten; corrupt:
Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
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  1. Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
  2. Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable
  3. Morally corrupt or despicable:
Harmful to health or well-being; injurious
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  1. Harmful to health or well-being; injurious
  2. Having a harmful effect; injurious:
  3. Harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way (as for example deleterious effects, deleterious to health).
Causing damage or harm; injurious.
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  1. Causing damage or harm; injurious.
  2. Causing detriment; harmful
Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
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  1. Bad or blameworthy by report; infamous:
  2. Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
  3. Characterized by anger or spite; malicious:
Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
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  1. Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
  2. Causing or capable of causing harm; injurious.
Damaging or harmful:
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  1. Damaging or harmful:
  2. Causing hurt; specif., wounding the feelings
  3. Causing pain or suffering, especially of a psychological nature.
Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct:
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  1. Not measuring up to recognized standards of excellence, as of behavior or conduct:
  2. Not favorable; unpropitious:
  3. Resulting from or suggestive of evil intentions:
Offensive or insulting; hurtful:
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  1. Offensive or insulting; hurtful:
  2. Causing or tending to cause injury; harmful:
  3. Injuring or likely to cause injury; harmful
The quality of being bad.
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  1. The quality of being bad.
That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
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  1. That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
  2. An evil force, power, or personification.
  3. The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
Something that causes suffering; trouble:
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  1. Something that causes suffering; trouble:
  2. Evil or misfortune
  3. Evil, wrongdoing, or harm:

Synonym Study

  • Naughty today implies mere mischievousness or disobedience a naughty child
  • Ill , which is slightly weaker than evil in its implications of immorality, is now used chiefly in certain idiomatic phrases ill-gotten gains
  • Evil and wicked connote willful violation of a moral code, but evil often has ominous or malevolent implications an evil hour, and wicked is sometimes weakened in a playful way to mean merely mischievous wicked wit
  • Bad , in this comparison, is the broadest term, ranging in implication from merely unsatisfactory to utterly depraved
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