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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
2. Degree of Subservience

649. [Capability of Producing Evil. Bad Qualities.] Badness.

   NOUN:HURTFULNESS &c. adj.; virulence.
  BANE [See Bane]; plague spot (insalubrity) [See Insalubrity]; evil star, ill wind; hoodoo [colloq.], jinx [slang], jadu [Hind.], Jonah; snake in the grass, skeleton in the closet; amari aliquid [L.]; thorn in the -side, – flesh.
  MALIGNITY, damnability, damnification, damnifying; malevolence [See Malevolence]; tender mercies [irony].
  ILL-TREATMENT, annoyance, molestation, abuse, oppression, persecution, out-rage; misusage [See Misuse]; damnum [L.], scathe; injury (damage) [See Deterioration]; knock-out drops [U. S.].
  BADNESS &c. adj.; peccancy, abomination; painfulness [See Painfulness]; pestilence (disease) [See Disease]; guilt [See Guilt]; depravity [See Vice].
  BAD MAN [See Bad Man]; evildoer [See Evildoer].
   VERB:BE HURTFUL &c. adj.; cause -, produce -, inflict -, work -, do- evil [See Evil]; damnify, endamage, hurt, harm, scathe; injure (damage) [See Deterioration]; pain [See Painfulness].
  WRONG, aggrieve, oppress, persecute; trample -, tread -, bear hard -, put- upon; overburden; weigh -down, – heavy on; victimize; run down, run hard; thwart; molest [See Painfulness].
  MALTREAT, abuse; ill-use, illtreat; buffet, bruise, scratch, maul; smite (scourge) [See Punishment]; do violence, do a mischief; stab, pierce, outrage.
  DO MISCHIEF, do harm, make mischief; bring -, lead -, get- into trouble; hoodoo [colloq., U. S.].
  DESTROY [See Destruction].
   ADJECTIVE:HURTFUL, harmful, scathful [obs. or dial.], scatheful, baneful, baleful, injurious, deleterious, detrimental, noxious, pernicious, mischievous, full of mischief, mischief-making, malefic, malignant, nocuous, noisome; prejudicial; disserviceable, disadvantageous; wide-wasting.
  UNLUCKY, sinister; obnoxious; untoward, disastrous.
  OPPRESSIVE, burdensome, onerous; malign (malevolent) [See Malevolence].
  CORRUPTING &c. (corrupt [See Deterioration]); virulent, venomous, envenomed, corrosive; poisonous (morbific) [See Insalubrity]; deadly (killing) [See Killing]; destructive (destroying) [See Destruction]; inauspicious [See Hopelessness].
  BAD, ill, arrant, as bad as bad can be, dreadful; horrid, horrible; dire; rank, peccant, foul, fulsome; rotten, rotten at the core.
  UNSATISFACTORY, indifferent; injured &c. deteriorated [See Deterioration]; exceptionable, below par (imperfect) [See Imperfection]; ill-contrived, ill-disposed, ill-conditioned.
  DEPLORABLE, wretched, sad, grievous, lamentable, pitiful, pitiable, woeful &c. (painful) [See Painfulness]; mean (paltry) [See Unimportance].
  EVIL, wrong; depraved [See Vice]; shocking; reprehensible (disapproved) [See Disapprobation].
  HATEFUL, – as a toad; abominable, vile, base, villainous, detestable, execrable, cursed, accursed, confounded; damned, damnable, damnatory, damnific [rare]; infernal; diabolic (malevolent) [See Malevolence].
  INADVISABLE, unadvisable [rare] (inexpedient) [See Inexpedience]; unprofitable (useless) [See Inutility]; incompetent (unskillful) [See Unskillfulness]; irremediable (hopeless) [See Hopelessness].
   ADVERB:BADLY &c. adj.; wrong, ill; to one’s cost; where the shoe pinches; with malignity &c. n.
  1. Bad is the best.
  2. If the worst come to the worst.
  3. Herba mala presto cresco.
  4. Wrongs unredressed or insults unavenged.—Wordsworth
  5. One only evil, namely, ignorance.—Socrates
  6. The love of money is the root of all evil.—Bible