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badness

Roget category 649

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.2. Prospective volition
›› 5.2.2. Subservience to ends

#649. [Capability of producing evil. Bad qualities.] Badness

noun

hurtfulness etc. adj. — virulence.
evil doer etc. 913bane etc. 663plague spot etc. (insalubrity) 657evil star, ill windhoodooJonahsnake in the grass, skeleton in the closetamari aliquid [Lat.], thorn in the side.
malignitymalevolence etc. 907tender mercies [Iron.].
ill-treatment, annoyance, molestation, abuse, oppression, persecution, outragemisusage etc. 679injury etc. (damage) 659knockout drops [U.S.].
badness etc. adj. — peccancy, abominationpainfulness etc. 830pestilence etc. (disease) 655guilt etc. 947depravity etc. 945.

verb

be hurtful etc. adj. — cause evil, produce evil, inflict evil, work evil, do evil etc. 619damnify, endamage, hurt, harminjure etc. (damage) 659pain etc. 830.
wrong, aggrieve, oppress, persecutetrample upon, tread upon, bear hard upon, put uponoverburdenweigh down, weigh heavy onvictimizerun downmolest etc. 830.
maltreat, abuseill-use, ill-treatbuffet, bruise, scratch, maulsmite etc. (scourge) 972do violence, do harm, do a mischiefstab, pierce, outrage.
do mischief, make mischiefbring into trouble.
destroy etc. 162.

adjective

hurtful, harmful, scathful, baneful, balefulinjurious, deleterious, detrimental, noxious, pernicious, mischievous, full of mischief, mischief-making, malefic, malignant, nocuous, noisomeprejudicialdisserviceable, disadvantageouswide-wasting.
unlucky, sinisterobnoxiousuntoward, disastrous.
oppressive, burdensome, onerousmalign etc. (malevolent) 907.
corrupting etc. (corrupt) etc. 659virulent, venomous, envenomed, corrosivepoisonous etc. (morbific) 657deadly etc. (killing) 361destructive etc. (destroying) 162inauspicious etc. 859.
bad, ill, arrant, as bad as bad can be, dreadfulhorrid, horribledirerank, peccant, foul, fulsomerotten, rotten at the core.
vile, base, villainousmean etc. (paltry) 643injured &c. — deteriorated etc. 659unsatisfactory, exceptionable indifferentbelow par etc. (imperfect) 651illcontrived, ill-conditionedwretched, sad, grievous, deplorable, lamentablepitiful, pitiable, woeful etc. (painful) 830.
evil, wrongdepraved etc. 945shockingreprehensible etc. (disapprove) 932.
hateful, hateful as a toadabominable, detestable, execrable, cursed, accursed, confoundeddamned, damnableinfernaldiabolic etc. (malevolent) 907.
unadvisable etc. (inexpedient) 647unprofitable etc. (useless) 645incompetent etc. (unskillful) 699irremediable etc. (hopeless) 859.

adverb

badly etc. adj. — wrong, illto one's costwhere the shoe pinches.

phrase

bad is the best: the worst come to the worstherba mala presto cresco [Lat.]wrongs unredressed or insults unavenged" [Wordsworth].



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