(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. vicious, wicked; defective; hurtful, noxious; unfavorable, unfortunate. See badness, inexpedience, imperfection. Ant., good.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Wicked]
Syn. immoral, evil, wrong, corrupt; see wicked 1 , 2 .
2. [Spoiled]
Syn. rotten, rancid, decayed, putrid; see rotten 1 , 2 .
3. [Below standard]
Syn. defective, inferior, inadequate; see faulty , poor 2 , unsatisfactory .
4. [In poor health]
Syn. ill, diseased, ailing; see sick .
5. [Injurious]
Syn. hurtful, damaging, detrimental; see harmful .
6. [Not pleasant or opportune]
Syn. unfavorable, disagreeable, adverse, unfortunate; see unfavorable 2 .
7. [Sorry]
Syn. regretful, contrite, distressed, dejected; see sad 1 , sorry 1 .
8. [Severe]
Syn. severe, serious, grave, critical; see acute 2 , dangerous 1 .
9. [Not behaving properly]
Syn. naughty, disobedient, mischievous; see naughty .
10. [*Very good]
Syn. stylish, effective, sharp; see excellent , fashionable .
See Synonym Study at wicked .
in a bad way*,
Syn. dangerously ill, in critical condition, in serious trouble; see dying 1 , sick , in trouble 1 at trouble .
in bad*,
Syn. in difficulty, in disfavor, unwelcome; see in trouble 1 at trouble .
not bad*,
Syn. all right, pretty good, good, passable; see excellent , fair 2 .
Syn.- bad , in this comParison, is the broadest term, ranging in implication from merely unsatisfactory to utterly depraved; 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 ] ; ill , which is slightly weaker than evil in its implications of immorality, is now used chiefly in certain idiomatic phrases [ill -gotten gains ] ; naughty today implies mere mischievousness or disobedience [ a naughty child ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. below standard inadequate, poor, *lousy, *crappy, substandard, unacceptable, awful, faulty, unsatisfactory, *cheesy, slipshod, deficient, inferior, below par, worthless, shoddy.
2. wicked immoral, evil, corrupt, vile, sinful, demonic, satanic, diabolical, mischievous, mean. ''All that proceeds from weakness.''—Friedrich Nietzsche.
3. spoiled rotten, putrid, decayed, tainted, moldy.
4. unpleasant unfavorable, unfortunate, terrible, revolting, awful, dreadful, disagreeable, horrible, distressing, dire, tragic, negative.
5. severe powerful, destructive, serious, dangerous, grave, horrible.
6. incorrect erroneous, inaccurate.
7. sorry low, down, distressed, troubled, gloomy, melancholy, depressed, remorseful.
ANT.: 1. excellent, good, superior. 2. moral, good, virtuous. 3. fresh, preserved. 4. pleasant, favorable, good. 5. harmless, trivial, light. 6. correct, accurate. 7. good, proud, glorious
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Below a standard of quality: bum1, poor, unsatisfactory. Idioms: below par, not up to scratch (or snuff). See GOOD. 2. Morally objectionable: black, evil, immoral, iniquitous, peccant, reprobate, sinful, vicious, wicked, wrong. See RIGHT. 3. Misbehaving, often in a troublesome way: ill-behaved, naughty. See CONTROL, GOOD. 4. Not pleasant or agreeable: disagreeable, displeasing, offensive, uncongenial, unpleasant, unsympathetic. Informal: icky. Slang: yucky. See GOOD, PAIN. 5. Bringing, predicting, or characterized by misfortune: evil, ill, inauspicious, unfavorable, unpropitious. See LUCK. 6. Impaired because of decay: putrid, rotten. See BETTER, TASTE, THRIVE. 7. Causing harm or injury: deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, injurious, mischievous. See HELP. II noun Whatever is destructive or harmful: badness, evil, ill. See HELP.

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