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evil sb.1 (1 the commonest S. sense)
1. sin, crime Meas. II. ii. 91 “to do that ,” R3 I. ii. 76 “Of these supposed e-s” (Ff “Crimes) . . . to acquit myself,” Lucr. 972 “the dire thought of his committed evil.”
2. misfortune, calamity Tw.N. II. i. 7 “bear my e-s alone,” H8 II. i. 141, Cæs. II. ii. 81, Oth. I. i. 161.
3. disease, malady AYL. II. vii. 67 “all the embossed sores and headed e-s,” Wint. II. iii. 56, John III. iv. 114, Cor. I. i. 185; “the ,” the King's evil, scrofula Mac. IV. iii. 146.
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