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Synonyms for bad

Synonyms for (noun) bad

Synonyms: bad, badness Definition: that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency Usage: take the bad with the good

Similar words: quality Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained--Shakespeare

Synonyms for (adjective) bad

Synonyms: tough, bad Definition: feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad') Usage: my throat feels bad; she felt bad all over; he was feeling tough after a restless night

Similar words: uncomfortable Definition: providing or experiencing physical discomfort Usage: an uncomfortable chair; an uncomfortable day in the hot sun

Synonyms: bad, spoiled, spoilt Definition: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition Usage: bad meat; a refrigerator full of spoilt food

Similar words: stale Definition: lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age Usage: stale bread; the beer was stale

Synonyms: defective, bad Definition: not working properly Usage: a bad telephone connection; a defective appliance

Similar words: nonfunctional, malfunctioning Definition: not performing or able to perform its regular function Usage: a malfunctioning valve

Synonyms: forged, bad Definition: reproduced fraudulently Usage: like a bad penny...; a forged twenty dollar bill

Similar words: imitative, counterfeit Definition: not genuine; imitating something superior Usage: counterfeit emotion; counterfeit money; counterfeit works of art; a counterfeit prince

Synonyms: bad Definition: having undesirable or negative qualities Usage: a bad report card; his sloppy appearance made a bad impression; a bad little boy; clothes in bad shape; a bad cut; bad luck; the news was very bad; the reviews were bad; the pay is bad; it was a bad light for reading; the movie was a bad choice

Similar words: abominable, atrocious, awful, unspeakable, painful, terrible, dreadful Definition: exceptionally bad or displeasing Usage: atrocious taste; abominable workmanship; an awful voice; dreadful manners; a painful performance; terrible handwriting; an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room

Similar words: corked, corky Definition: (of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin Usage: a corked port

Similar words: deplorable, distressing, pitiful, lamentable, sorry, sad Definition: bad; unfortunate Usage: my finances were in a deplorable state; a lamentable decision; her clothes were in sad shape; a sorry state of affairs

Similar words: frightful, fearful Definition: extremely distressing Usage: fearful slum conditions; a frightful mistake

Similar words: hard, tough Definition: unfortunate or hard to bear Usage: had hard luck; a tough break

Similar words: hopeless Definition: (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform Usage: she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers; he is a hopeless romantic

Similar words: horrid Definition: exceedingly bad Usage: when she was bad she was horrid

Similar words: icky, rotten, shitty, crappy, stinking, stinky, lousy Definition: very bad Usage: a lousy play; it's a stinking world

Similar words: ill Definition: distressing Usage: ill manners; of ill repute

Similar words: incompetent, unskilled Definition: not doing a good job Usage: incompetent at chess

Similar words: mediocre Definition: poor to middling in quality Usage: there have been good and mediocre and bad artists

Similar words: naughty Definition: badly behaved Usage: a naughty boy

Similar words: negative Definition: having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant Usage: ran a negative campaign; delinquents retarded by their negative outlook on life

Similar words: poor Definition: unsatisfactory Usage: a poor light for reading; poor morale; expectations were poor

Similar words: pretty Definition: (used ironically) unexpectedly bad Usage: a pretty mess; a pretty kettle of fish

Similar words: no-good, rubber Definition: returned for lack of funds Usage: a rubber check; a no-good check

Similar words: severe Definition: very bad in degree or extent Usage: a severe worldwide depression; the house suffered severe damage

Similar words: swingeing Definition: severe; punishingly bad Usage: swingeing taxation; swingeing damages awarded by the judge

Similar words: uncool Definition: (spoken slang) unfashionable and boring

Similar words: unfavorable, unfavourable Definition: not favorable Usage: made an unfavorable impression; unfavorable reviews

Similar words: unsuitable Definition: not conducive to good moral development Usage: the movie is unsuitable for children

Synonyms: bad Definition: characterized by wickedness or immorality Usage: led a very bad life

Similar words: evil Definition: morally bad or wrong Usage: evil purposes; an evil influence; evil deeds

Synonyms: bad Definition: capable of harming Usage: bad air; smoking is bad for you

Similar words: harmful Definition: causing or capable of causing harm Usage: too much sun is harmful to the skin; harmful effects of smoking

Synonyms: bad, unsound, unfit Definition: physically unsound or diseased Usage: has a bad back; a bad heart; bad teeth; an unsound limb; unsound teeth

Similar words: unhealthy Definition: not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind Usage: unhealthy ulcers

Synonyms: bad, big Definition: very intense Usage: a bad headache; in a big rage; had a big (or bad) shock; a bad earthquake; a bad storm

Similar words: intense Definition: possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree Usage: intense heat; intense anxiety; intense desire; intense emotion; the skunk's intense acrid odor; intense pain; enemy fire was intense

Synonyms: high-risk, risky, speculative, bad Definition: not financially safe or secure Usage: a bad investment; high risk investments; anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky; speculative business enterprises

Similar words: unsound Definition: not sound financially Usage: unsound banking practices

Synonyms: bad Definition: nonstandard Usage: so-called bad grammar

Similar words: nonstandard Definition: not conforming to the language usage of a prestige group within a community Usage: a nonstandard dialect is one used by uneducated speakers or socially disfavored groups; the common core of nonstandard words and phrases in folk speech- A.R.Dunlap

Synonyms: bad Definition: below average in quality or performance Usage: a bad chess player; a bad recital

Similar words: inferior Definition: of low or inferior quality

Synonyms: bad, uncollectible Definition: not capable of being collected Usage: a bad (or uncollectible) debt

Similar words: invalid Definition: having no cogency or legal force Usage: invalid reasoning; an invalid driver's license