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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad, badness(adj)

    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

    Synonyms:
    severity, mischievousness, severeness, naughtiness, bad, badness

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, redeeming(a), good enough, mild, peachy, valid, not bad(p), well behaved, fresh, swell, slap-up, well-behaved, echt, genuine, groovy, superior, goodish, bang-up, nifty, comfortable, solid, bully, harmless, hot, satisfactory, functioning, keen, superb, dandy, comfy, neat, great, standard, sound, received, healthy, smashing, cracking, corking, acceptable

  2. bad(adj)

    having undesirable or negative qualities

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, hot, superior, smashing, harmless, healthy, solid, redeeming(a), mild, echt, slap-up, bully, corking, goodish, groovy, bang-up, well behaved, swell, comfortable, nifty, valid, neat, peachy, acceptable, received, great, cracking, genuine, well-behaved, standard, sound, fresh, good enough, keen, not bad(p), dandy, functioning, comfy, satisfactory, superb

  3. bad, big(adj)

    very intense

    Synonyms:
    bountiful, magnanimous, full-grown, speculative, prominent, big, vainglorious, cock-a-hoop, sorry, braggy, with child(p), giving, uncollectible, grownup, regretful, grown, large(p), enceinte, bounteous, tough, liberal, unfit, high-risk, self-aggrandizing, swelled, risky, bighearted, handsome, fully grown, braggart(a), large, expectant, heavy(a), unsound, spoilt, great(p), bragging(a), bad, freehanded, spoiled, heavy(p), forged, big(a), self-aggrandising, boastful, openhanded, adult, defective, gravid, big(p), crowing

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, smashing, bang-up, well-behaved, solid, harmless, corking, not bad(p), good enough, redeeming(a), fresh, cracking, nifty, comfy, acceptable, bully, superb, superior, neat, hot, functioning, peachy, dandy, satisfactory, received, keen, sound, goodish, great, well behaved, valid, mild, healthy, echt, standard, groovy, genuine, swell, slap-up, comfortable

  4. bad, tough(adj)

    feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    Synonyms:
    knotty, big, regretful, spoiled, ruffianly, uncollectible, risky, speculative, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, baffling, elusive, hard, forged, defective, sturdy, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, high-risk, problematical, unfit

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, good enough, harmless, solid, hot, redeeming(a), groovy, received, smashing, well-behaved, superior, not bad(p), great, cracking, slap-up, functioning, bang-up, peachy, well behaved, sound, goodish, comfy, healthy, valid, standard, comfortable, satisfactory, superb, echt, neat, fresh, nifty, bully, keen, swell, dandy, genuine, acceptable, corking, mild

  5. bad, spoiled, spoilt(adj)

    (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, blighted, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, bad, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, comfortable, functioning, groovy, good enough, redeeming(a), sound, standard, echt, acceptable, great, superb, not bad(p), goodish, well behaved, mild, smashing, solid, neat, corking, harmless, keen, well-behaved, genuine, cracking, superior, slap-up, valid, dandy, peachy, comfy, swell, bully, satisfactory, fresh, healthy, hot, bang-up, received, nifty

  6. regretful, sorry, bad(adj)

    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

    Synonyms:
    speculative, deplorable, big, no-account, dismal, dark, disconsolate, uncollectible, no-count, good-for-nothing, regretful, blue, tough, no-good, unfit, high-risk, grim, sad, risky, good-for-naught, lamentable, unsound, spoilt, distressing, bad, spoiled, forged, sorry, pitiful, gloomy, drab, dingy, dreary, defective, drear, meritless

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, superior, mild, valid, dandy, goodish, received, hot, redeeming(a), solid, neat, genuine, good enough, healthy, harmless, standard, bang-up, smashing, echt, satisfactory, functioning, slap-up, acceptable, fresh, nifty, comfy, sound, groovy, well-behaved, corking, not bad(p), superb, comfortable, peachy, swell, well behaved, bully, keen, great, cracking

  7. bad, uncollectible(adj)

    not capable of being collected

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, bad, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, sound, echt, standard, swell, peachy, well behaved, acceptable, groovy, hot, bang-up, good enough, mild, neat, received, cracking, genuine, superb, bully, redeeming(a), fresh, comfy, satisfactory, functioning, smashing, dandy, not bad(p), keen, nifty, well-behaved, solid, great, valid, comfortable, goodish, superior, harmless, healthy, slap-up, corking

  8. bad(adj)

    below average in quality or performance

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, well behaved, peachy, satisfactory, echt, well-behaved, healthy, not bad(p), solid, nifty, standard, neat, smashing, redeeming(a), corking, superior, groovy, genuine, keen, swell, hot, sound, slap-up, goodish, fresh, received, functioning, dandy, acceptable, valid, great, comfy, bang-up, mild, cracking, comfortable, harmless, bully, superb, good enough

  9. bad(adj)

    nonstandard

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, good enough, healthy, slap-up, well behaved, solid, dandy, cracking, valid, goodish, smashing, comfy, groovy, swell, superb, satisfactory, peachy, neat, standard, genuine, keen, hot, bang-up, acceptable, great, bully, redeeming(a), not bad(p), echt, sound, mild, comfortable, superior, nifty, received, fresh, functioning, harmless, well-behaved, corking

  10. bad, risky, high-risk, speculative(adj)

    not financially safe or secure

    Synonyms:
    big, spoiled, uncollectible, risky, questioning, bad, speculative, regretful, hazardous, forged, defective, inquisitive, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, wondering(a), high-risk, unfit, wild, notional

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, keen, comfortable, mild, redeeming(a), fresh, swell, neat, not bad(p), genuine, goodish, echt, peachy, corking, hot, satisfactory, healthy, solid, well behaved, nifty, valid, superb, functioning, acceptable, superior, sound, slap-up, great, standard, bully, bang-up, groovy, comfy, dandy, harmless, good enough, well-behaved, smashing, cracking, received

  11. bad, unfit, unsound(adj)

    physically unsound or diseased

    Synonyms:
    big, spoiled, uncollectible, risky, bad, speculative, regretful, fallacious, forged, defective, mentally ill, sorry, tough, spoilt, unsound, unstable, high-risk, unfit

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, great, not bad(p), smashing, corking, functioning, groovy, mild, swell, comfortable, well-behaved, received, acceptable, peachy, superb, goodish, comfy, good enough, bully, fresh, bang-up, dandy, satisfactory, harmless, solid, genuine, valid, standard, well behaved, cracking, sound, hot, keen, slap-up, neat, superior, echt, nifty, healthy, redeeming(a)

  12. bad(adj)

    capable of harming

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, sound, hot, solid, echt, mild, smashing, neat, slap-up, dandy, valid, redeeming(a), fresh, harmless, swell, peachy, comfortable, well behaved, genuine, keen, good enough, healthy, comfy, nifty, cracking, functioning, bully, standard, corking, superior, great, not bad(p), satisfactory, well-behaved, received, groovy, goodish, acceptable, bang-up, superb

  13. bad(adj)

    characterized by wickedness or immorality

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, acceptable, cracking, peachy, sound, harmless, received, valid, mild, groovy, corking, solid, swell, neat, standard, functioning, hot, dandy, comfy, keen, comfortable, superb, slap-up, bang-up, superior, fresh, bully, echt, good enough, smashing, healthy, not bad(p), well-behaved, satisfactory, nifty, goodish, well behaved, redeeming(a), genuine, great

  14. bad, forged(adj)

    reproduced fraudulently

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, bad, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, standard, great, cracking, well behaved, sound, dandy, echt, not bad(p), bully, hot, swell, healthy, smashing, slap-up, good enough, bang-up, valid, superior, acceptable, goodish, peachy, genuine, received, neat, satisfactory, well-behaved, nifty, corking, fresh, keen, redeeming(a), mild, comfortable, functioning, harmless, solid, groovy, superb, comfy

  15. bad, defective(adverb)

    not working properly

    Synonyms:
    spoilt, tough, speculative, unsound, sorry, uncollectible, regretful, bad, forged, unfit, risky, defective, high-risk, faulty, spoiled, big

    Antonyms:
    goodness, good, well-behaved, sound, acceptable, groovy, bully, comfortable, nifty, bang-up, comfy, not bad(p), functioning, standard, valid, healthy, cracking, received, hot, dandy, well behaved, peachy, goodish, neat, harmless, solid, great, genuine, smashing, keen, superb, superior, corking, redeeming(a), echt, swell, satisfactory, mild, good enough, fresh, slap-up

  16. badly, bad(adverb)

    with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly')

    Synonyms:
    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, bad, disadvantageously, ill, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, comfortable, goodish, well-behaved, bully, smashing, nifty, peachy, groovy, received, echt, neat, great, standard, redeeming(a), comfy, solid, functioning, well behaved, genuine, healthy, superb, corking, satisfactory, sound, bang-up, mild, slap-up, valid, hot, acceptable, superior, not bad(p), fresh, swell, harmless, dandy, keen, good enough, cracking

  17. badly, bad(adverb)

    very much; strongly

    Synonyms:
    mischievously, badly, poorly, severely, bad, disadvantageously, ill, gravely, naughtily, seriously

    Antonyms:
    good, goodness, genuine, groovy, standard, dandy, nifty, comfortable, comfy, healthy, harmless, corking, cracking, goodish, well-behaved, acceptable, echt, received, good enough, slap-up, keen, bang-up, solid, not bad(p), smashing, satisfactory, fresh, neat, functioning, peachy, mild, great, well behaved, valid, superior, bully, redeeming(a), swell, hot, sound, superb

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bad

    Pernicious (Latin per, through, and neco, kill) signifies having the power of destroying or injuring, tending to hurt or kill. Pernicious is stronger than injurious; that which is injurious is capable of doing harm; that which is pernicious is likely to be destructive. Noxious (Latin noceo, hurt) is a stronger word than noisome, as referring to that which is injurious or destructive. Noisome now always denotes that which is extremely disagreeable or disgusting, especially to the sense of smell; as, the noisome stench proclaimed the presence of noxious gases.

    Synonyms:
    baneful, deadly, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, evil, foul, harmful, hurtful, injurious, insalubrious, mischievous, noisome, noxious, pernicious, perverting, pestiferous, pestilential, poisonous, ruinous, unhealthful, unwholesome

    Antonyms:
    advantageous, beneficent, beneficial, favorable, good, healthful, helpful, invigorating, life-giving, profitable, rejuvenating, salutary, serviceable, useful, wholesome

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    evil, ill, baneful, deleterious, pernicious, mischievous, noxious, hurtful, injurious, detrimental, unwholesome

  2. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wicked, depraved, abandoned, dishonest, unfair, disingenuous, rascally, villanous

  3. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    untoward, unlucky, unfortunate, unwelcome

  4. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    vile, wretched, sorry, mean, shabby, scurvy, abominable

  5. bad(a.)

    Synonyms:
    poor, inferior

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. BAD

    Synonyms:
    BCL2-associated agonist of cell death, bcl2 antagonist of cell death2 BCL2L8, bcl2-L-82 BBC2, BCL2-antagonist of cell death protein, Bcl-2-binding component 6, BCL2-binding component 6, Bcl-2-like protein 8, BCL2-binding protein, Bcl-XL/Bcl-2-associated death promoter, BBC6, BCL-X/BCL-2 binding protein, Bcl2-L-8


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