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bad as in that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
  • "take the bad with the good"

Synonyms

  • badness that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather ; an attribute of mischievous children
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bad as in with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')
  • "the injury hurt badly"
  • "the buildings were badly shaken"
  • "it hurts bad"
  • "we need water bad"

Synonyms

  • badly to a severe or serious degree; (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; evilly or wickedly; in a disobedient or naughty way; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); very much; without skill or in a displeasing manner; in a disadvantageous way; unfavorably or with disapproval; with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display
bad as in very much
  • "strongly"
  • "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"
  • "the cables had sagged badly"
  • "they were badly in need of help"
  • "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it"

Synonyms

  • badly to a severe or serious degree; (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; evilly or wickedly; in a disobedient or naughty way; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); very much; without skill or in a displeasing manner; in a disadvantageous way; unfavorably or with disapproval; with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display
bad as in having undesirable or negative qualities
  • "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"
bad as in very intense
  • "a bad headache"
  • "in a big rage"
  • "had a big (or bad) shock"
  • "a bad earthquake"
  • "a bad storm"

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  • big extremely well; in a boastful manner; on a grand scale; in a major way; above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; significant; very intense; loud and firm; conspicuous in position or importance; prodigious; exhibiting self-importance; feeling self-importance; (of animals) fully developed; marked by intense physical force; generous and understanding and tolerant; given or giving freely; in an advanced stage of pregnancy
bad as in feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
  • "my throat feels bad"
  • "she felt bad all over"
  • "he was feeling tough after a restless night"

Synonyms

  • tough someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing ; an aggressive and violent young criminal ; a cruel and brutal fellow ; not given to gentleness or sentimentality; very difficult; physically toughened; substantially made or constructed; violent and lawless; feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); resistant to cutting or chewing ; unfortunate or hard to bear; making great mental demands
bad as in (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
  • "bad meat"
  • "a refrigerator full of spoilt food"

Synonyms

  • spoiled having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention; (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition
  • spoilt having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention; (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; affected by blight
bad as in feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
  • "felt regretful over his vanished youth"
  • "regretful over mistakes she had made"
  • "he felt bad about breaking the vase"

Synonyms

  • regretful feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
  • sorry feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; bad; without merit; causing dejection
bad as in not capable of being collected
  • "a bad (or uncollectible) debt"

Synonyms

  • uncollectible not capable of being collected
bad as in below average in quality or performance
  • "a bad chess player"
  • "a bad recital"
bad as in nonstandard
  • "so-called bad grammar"
bad as in not financially safe or secure
  • "a bad investment"
  • "high risk investments"
  • "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"
  • "speculative business enterprises"

Synonyms

  • risky involving risk or danger; not financially safe or secure
  • high-risk not financially safe or secure
  • speculative not financially safe or secure; not based on fact or investigation; showing curiosity
bad as in physically unsound or diseased
  • "has a bad back"
  • "a bad heart"
  • "bad teeth"
  • "an unsound limb"
  • "unsound teeth"

Synonyms

  • unfit make unfit or unsuitable; below the required standards for a purpose; not in good physical or mental condition; physically unsound or diseased
  • unsound not in good condition; not sound financially; containing or based on a fallacy; suffering from severe mental illness; physically unsound or diseased; of e.g. advice
bad as in capable of harming
  • "bad air"
  • "smoking is bad for you"
bad as in characterized by wickedness or immorality
  • "led a very bad life"
bad as in reproduced fraudulently
  • "like a bad penny..."
  • "a forged twenty dollar bill"

Synonyms

  • forged reproduced fraudulently
bad as in not working properly
  • "a bad telephone connection"
  • "a defective appliance"

Synonyms

  • defective having a defect; markedly subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior; not working properly

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