Other Words for Bad

Bad Adjective Synonyms
corrupt, polluted, vitiated, debased, base, vile, foul, rotten, miasmic, noxious, mephitic, unhealthy, poisonous, injurious, dangerous, harmful, hurtful, pernicious, deleterious, ruinous
It wasn't healthy to be so near the bad air of the sewer.

unpleasant, offensive, disagreeable, inclement, severe, awful, unfavorable, adverse, inclement, unpleasant, lousy, rotten
Surely you're not going sailing in this bad weather.

distressing, severe, grave, serious, terrible, awful, painful
He was laid up with a bad case of the mumps.

naughty, ill-behaved, misbehaving, disobedient, unruly, wild, mischievous
Ronnie isn't a bad boy, he's just bored.

sad, depressed, unhappy, dejected, downhearted, disconsolate, melancholy, inconsolable
I feel bad about you losing your purse.

unfavorable, unlucky, unpropitious, unfortunate, inauspicious, troubled, grim, distressing, discouraging, unpleasant
The weather out there looks bad.

poor, wretched, inferior, defective, awful, worthless, miserable, egregious, execrable, substandard, unsatisfactory, disappointing, inadequate, non-standard, lousy, rotten, crummy, grotty, naff
Sometimes they would send him a letter, but he was a bad correspondent. We went to see a rather bad play the other night.

irascible, ill-tempered, grouchy, irritable, nasty, peevish, cross, crotchety, crabby, cranky, curmudgeonly
Don't go near the boss - he's been in a bad mood all day.

sorry, regretful, apologetic, contrite, rueful, sad, conscience-stricken, remorseful, upset
She felt bad about having invited me.

evil, ill, immoral, wicked, vicious, vile, sinful, depraved, awful, villainous, corrupt, amoral, criminal, wrong, unspeakable
The man was thoroughly bad and deserved everything he got.

off, tainted, spoilt or spoiled, mouldy, stale, rotten, decayed, putrefied, putrid, contaminated
The fridge isn't working and all the food has gone bad. She ate a bad egg and felt ill the next day.

More Words for Bad

Base / Poor / Foul / Wrong / Upset / Terrible / Sad / Ill / Cross / Off / Evil / Rotten

Bad Debts Reserve Account

Business / Accounting / Bad Debts Reserve Account: An account used to record an estimate of bad debts for the year (usually as a percentage of sales). This cannot be deducted as an expense against tax liability. MORE

Bad Quarto

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Buy On The Bad News

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Bad Debts Account

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Bad Language

Entertainment / Ice Hockey / Bad Language: Players will not use obscene gestures on the ice, (sure they won't) or anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game. We wonder how long after the game and does this count for the off-season? MORE