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evil

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Buddhism has no concept of evil as a cosmic force or objective reality. The nearest it comes to this is the mythological figure of Māra.the Buddhist ‘devil’. However, it has much to say ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
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Language reference
Length:
40 words

... the evil eye a gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause harm. the lesser evil : see lesser . a necessary evil : see necessary . put off the evil day ( or hour ) postpone something unpleasant for as long as...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

... Evil Empire A description of the Soviet Union coined by President Ronald Reagan in a speech to US evangelical church leaders in March 1983 . The phrase, summing up the Manichaean approach to the cold war of the American religious right, is assumed to have been drawn from the star wars films, especially The Empire Strikes Back ( 1980 ). Evil eye An ancient and widespread belief that certain individuals had the power to harm or even kill with a glance. Various charms and gestures, many of an obscene kind, were employed to counteract it. Evil One, The...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
144 words

... . The furthest reach of wrongdoing and wrong being. Although Kant maintained that the only evil thing is an evil will, there is much in human experience which evokes the word which is not a product of the will. Indeed, Hannah Arendt , observing the Eichmann trial, spoke of the banality of evil, lying as it does so far outside the compass of will, and being ‘excused’ by the appeal that, in a totalitarian regime, to obey orders and not to think is the only behaviour possible. Religions tend to see the occurrence of evil as the consequence of personal agency...

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
Length:
170 words

... . Buddhism has no concept of evil as a cosmic force or objective reality. The nearest it comes to this is the mythological figure of Māra , the Buddhist ‘devil’. However, it has much to say about evil in the sense of human suffering ( duḥkha ), and these teachings are set out in the First Noble Truth ( see Four Noble Truths ). Buddhism recognized that human experience inevitably contains much that is painful, such as sickness and death , and that human beings are exposed to many natural evils such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and the like. Alongside...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion
Length:
346 words

...* Satan ; by others among the rabbis to an evil impulse or inclination located within each human being. The evil erupts in people in the form of specific deeds, thoughts, and diseases, and Jesus attacked the whole apparatus by his healings and * exorcisms and by words of * forgiveness . Evils continue within the Church (Rom. 7: 15) and suffering too, but they can be turned to good by God, as, in Christian belief, did the great evil of the * Cross . At the * End there will be a total destruction of all that is evil (Matt. 25: 41; 2 Thess. 2: 8; Rev. 19:...

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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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1,306 words

...which leads to the exploration of evil. Crime and mystery fiction can explore evil at several levels. It may, by illustration, give expression to the existence and limits of evil. It may speculate about the source or cause of evil. It may examine the adequacy of explanations of evil, and it may suggest the degree to which it is possible to resist, constrain, or defeat evil. That there is crime, even murder , does not in itself explain much about the nature of evil. But what crime suggests about the sources of evil, and about how wide it is spread, begins...

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
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816 words

... . In Israel's earliest traditions, the presence of evil in the world is taken for granted as a reality that is philosophically nonproblematic. There is no terminological distinction between moral evil and calamity, for the same Hebrew word ( raʿ or rāʿâ ) is used for both. Evil is anything that is unpleasant, repulsive, or distorted ( Gen. 41.3–4 ). Genesis 1 shows how in the beginning there already exists the darkness and the cosmic sea, pervasive symbols of evil requiring God's subjugation ( cf. Job 38.8–11 ; Matt. 8.24–27 ; Rev. 21.1 ), and no...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
422 words

... (κακία). The core of the problem of evil is how far responsibility for it can be attributed to God. Late antiquity presented two diametrically opposed concepts of evil. The dualistic systems of Gnosticism and Manichaeanism considered evil as a “substance” warring with the good, symbolically treated as a battle of darkness against light. The material world is the realm of evil, created by the inferior deity and contrasted to the divine and heavenly world. In contrast, Proklos assumed that evil had only a dependent existence ( parhypostasis ) and was...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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1,537 words

... Like that of late Antiquity, notably with Plotinus, medieval thought had a marked inclination to the problem of evil. The era usually asked itself what evil consisted in. By this mere wording, the problem took on a fundamental character that it had not had in the dualisms that were satisfied to ask whence evil came. The manner of answering the question also shows that the Platonist Metaphysic still had strength in it. Historically, this metaphysic was the basis of the theory that evil was not an autonomous entity. Among those generally put forward to...

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Philosophy
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2,506 words

... The problem of evil centres around the question of how an omnibenevolent, omnipotent and omniscient God could allow evil in the world. Many early Christians accounted for the presence of moral evil (i.e. theft, rape, murder, etc.), and even some natural evils affecting human beings, by appeal to the doctrine of original sin. They held that the sin of Adam and Eve in paradise, the original sin, caused the human race to fall – resulting in death, suffering (such as the pain of childbirth) and concupiscence. This understanding of the existence of evil was taken...

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Religion
Length:
348 words

... The English word ‘evil’ does not translate any specific term in Indian languages, but is used to evoke, more and less imprecisely, a whole range of context-dependent meanings and connotations. In general, evil is not thought to exist as some absolute metaphysical principle in Hindu traditions; rather it is seen as a concomitant of life in the world, and so relative to both the human condition and cosmic cycles of time ( yugas ). In Vedic and Purāṇic mythology, the experience of human suffering and cosmic disorder ( adharma ) is mirrored in the conflict...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
950 words

... evil bee produces honey bee produces honey Never open the door to the least of evils, for many other, greater ones lurk outside. often quoted as ‘Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it’ Baltasar Gracián 1601 – 58 Spanish philosopher The Art of Worldly Wisdom (tr. C. Maurer, 1994) Never open the door to the least of evils Farewell remorse! All good to me is lost; Evil, be thou my good. John Milton 1608 – 74 English poet Paradise Lost (1667) bk. 4, l. 109 evil , be thou my good Evil, be...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... eye n. An English name for mal de ojo...

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A Dictionary of the Internet (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2019

... twin An attack on a wireless network which compromises communication...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... empire derogatory the Soviet Union. The term was popular in the United States during the administration of President Ronald Reagan...

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004

... eye . A belief in the power of individuals to cast spells or cause harm, simply by looking, is world-wide; instances of the belief have been recorded in all Celtic countries, beginning as early as the Ancient Laws of Ireland and the Annals of Connacht for the years 1466 and 1467 . Often a squint or very dark eyes were thought to indicate the presence of the evil eye; sometimes children conceived before their parents were married were thought to have the evil eye. While the power might belong to witches and other malevolent persons, some innocent persons...

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
560 words

..., human . The suffering which results from morally wrong human choices, especially when the moral wrong is of an extreme kind. Moral evil can be contrasted with natural evil, such as the suffering and death caused by earthquakes or other natural disasters. Whereas natural evil creates a problem for theology, moral evil creates one for secular moral philosophy. The first of these problems is whether evil is a predicate primarily applicable to human agents or to the effects of human choices. It is certainly true that there can be evil effects which follow from...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
30 words

...Evil Eye Popular belief that a person can glance or stare at someone else's favorite possession and, if envious of the other person's good fortune, hurt, damage, or destroy...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
30 words

... play The activity of devising and engaging in games that have negative consequences on others, who are often co-opted as unwitting players. See also troll ; compare dark play . ...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Language reference
Length:
68 words

... One [Bible] Another name for the *Devil or *Satan , the arch-tempter in the Bible. > The Devil; used in the context of temptation Where, to what distance apart, had her father wandered, led by doubts which were to her temptations of the Evil One? Elizabeth Gaskell North and South 1854–5 Sophia wandered about, a prey ripe for the Evil One. Arnold Bennett The Old Wives' Tale ...

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