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"Bad person" is a phrase which is often translated as "mala persona", and "evil" is an adjective which is often translated as "malvado". Learn more about the difference between "bad person" and "evil" below.
bad person(
bahd
 
puhr
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sihn
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. mala persona
Everybody thinks he's a nice guy, but I know for sure he's a bad person.Todos piensan que es un buen tipo, pero tengo la certeza de que es una mala persona.
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evil(
i
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vuhl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (wicked)
a. malvado
The character of the mother, in the end, wasn’t so evil.El personaje de la madre, al fin y al cabo, no era tan malvado.
b. malo
Everyone agrees that Hitler was an evil man.Todo el mundo está de acuerdo en que Hitler era un hombre malo.
c. maligno
They say an evil spirit haunts the old castle.Dicen que un espíritu maligno ronda el antiguo castillo.
d. maléfico
He thought the mother had an evil influence on her son.Creía que la madre ejercía una influencia maléfica sobre su hijo.
2. (very unpleasant)
a. horrible
An evil smell came out of the sewers.Un olor horrible salía de las alcantarillas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (wickedness)
a. el mal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Dumbledore fought evil with non-violence.Dumbledore luchaba contra el mal con la no-violencia.
4. (very bad thing)
a. el mal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Corruption is one of the major evils of our society.La corrupción es uno de los mayores males de nuestra sociedad.
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