Worse a., compar. of Bad. Bad, ill, evil, or corrupt, in a greater degree; more bad or evil; less good; specifically, in poorer health; more sick; -- used both in a physical and moral sense.
Or worse, if men worse can devise. --Chaucer.
[She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark v. 26.
Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. --2 Tim. iii. 13.
There are men who seem to believe they are not bad while another can be found worse. --Rambler.
=\“But I love him.” “Love him? Worse and worse.”\= --Gay.
1. Loss; disadvantage; defeat. “Judah was put to the worse before Israel.”
2. That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise.
Worse, adv. In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.
Now will we deal worse with thee than with them. --Gen. xix. 9.
Worse, v. t. To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v.
Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton.
Bad a. [Compar. Worse superl. Worst ] Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news.
Note: Sometimes used substantively.
The strong antipathy of good to bad. --Pope.
Syn: -- Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect.
adj 1: (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or
condition or desirability; "this road is worse than
the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape
than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than
cheating and lying" [ant: better]
2: changed for the worse in health or fitness; "I feel worse
today"; "her cold is worse" [syn: worsened] [ant: better]
n : something inferior in quality or condition or effect; "for
better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and
adv : (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or
desirable manner; "he did worse on the second exam"
adj 1: 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" [ant:
2: very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big
(or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: big]
3: 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" [syn: tough]
4: (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad
meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: spoiled,
5: not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible)
debt" [syn: uncollectible]
6: below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess
player"; "a bad recital"
7: nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
8: 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" [syn: insecure, risky, high-risk, speculative]
9: physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad
heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth"
[syn: unfit, unsound]
10: capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad
11: keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team
down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly";
"felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: sorry]
12: characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad
life" [syn: immoral]
13: reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged
twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
14: not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a
defective appliance" [syn: defective]
n : that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or
decency; "take the bad with the good" [syn: badness]
[ant: good, good]
adv 1: 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"
2: 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" [syn: badly]
[also: worst, worse]