bad


bad
bad 1 Bad, evil, ill, wicked, naughty are comparable when they mean not meeting with the approval of the ethical consciousness.
Bad is a very general term and applies to anyone or anything reprehensible, for whatever reason and to whatever degree
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almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king, and marry with his brother— Shak.

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Johnnie's been a bad boy today: he's emptied the cookie jar

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bad dog! you've torn up my scarf

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Evil is a stronger term than bad and usually suggests the sinister or baleful as well as the reprehensible deeds
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the evil eye

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he knew nothing bad about him, but he felt something evilCather

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an evil and treacherous folk, and they lied and murdered for gold— Morris

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the evil counselors who . . . abused his youth—J. R. Green

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Ill is close to evil in basic meaning and may suggest an active malevolence or vicious intent
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an ill deed

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it was ill counsel had misled the girl— Tennyson

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Often ill may be used in a weaker sense to suggest the imputing or implying of evil or sometimes of mere objectionableness or inferiority to someone or something
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held in ill repute by his fellows

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attached an ill significance to the statement

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had an ill opinion of their abilities

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Wicked implies the actual often conscious or deliberate contravention or violation of moral law
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God is angry with the wicked every day— Ps 7:11

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wicked designs

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It is sometimes used with weakened, even playful, force
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you are the wickedest witty person I know— Lytton

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Naughty was once serious
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a most vile flagitious man, a sorry and naughty governor as could be— Barrow

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but is now trivial in its application. Mostly it implies mischievousness on the part of a child too young to have a lively sense of right and wrong
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Charles never was a naughty boy. He never robbed birds' nests, or smoked behind the barn, or played marbles on Sunday— Deland

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Sometimes it expresses charitable censure of a person of responsible age who has done wrong
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it was only one naughty woman out of the world. The clergyman of the parish didn't refuse to give her decent burial— Meredith

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Often it is applied to what is impolite, impudent, or amusingly risqué
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the still popular, and still naughty, and perpetually profane DecameronHighet

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Analogous words: iniquitous, *vicious, villainous: *base, low, vile: *immoral, unmoral, amoral
Antonyms: good
Contrasted words: righteous, virtuous, *moral, ethical, noble
2 Bad, poor, wrong are comparable when they mean not measuring up to a standard of what is satisfactory.
Bad implies a failure to meet one's approval; it need not imply positive condemnation, but it always suggests that the thing so described falls below the mark or is not up to what one would call good
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he is a bad correspondent

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her handwriting is very bad

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it's a bad day for a long walk

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It often also implies positive harmfulness
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a bad light for the eyes

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bad food for the young

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a bad book for a depressed person

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a bad environment

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it is bad for her to live alone

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Sometimes it suggests corruption or pollution
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this meat is bad

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bad[/i] air

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bad water

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Often also it may suggest unpleasantness in any degree, in this sense ranging from the merely displeasing to the strongly offensive or painful or distressing
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it leaves a bad taste in the mouth

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have bad news

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he always comforted himself when things were bad by thinking how much worse they might have been

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Poor also implies a failure to reach a satisfactory point or level, but it usually imputes to the thing so described a deficiency in amount or in returns or a lack of a quality or qualities essential to excellence; thus, a poor crop is one that is relatively scanty; poor land is wanting in fertility, while bad land lacks the potentiality for agricultural development; a poor book may be devoid of interest or artistic quality, but a bad book is commonly offensive to one's sense of propriety; a poor carpenter is one lacking in skill
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business was poor this year

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a poor dancer

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poor bread

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a poor return for one's effort

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Wrong (see also FALSE) implies a failure to conform to a strict standard; it suggests deviation from a standard of what is satisfactory or, more specifically, fit, appropriate, proper, or orderly
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I know that something is wrong with this suit

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do not make a wrong choice in selecting your profession

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hang a picture in the wrong light

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there is nothing wrong in this arrangement of the furniture

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Antonyms: good
Contrasted words: excellent, perfect, meritorious (see corresponding nouns at EXCELLENCE): right (see GOOD)

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