From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Though bad often is used to imply moral turpitude of a person, the term more specifically refers to an unfortunate circumstance. Likewise, bad is often used as a synonym for evil, but can also refer to something flawed or unusable.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made much of a distinction he drew in German between the böse, ("evil"), which he was prepared to admire, and the schlecht ("bad"), which he disdained; in Nietzsche's thought, evil was powerful, menacing, and dangerous; bad was weak and ineffective.
In African American Vernacular English
- You is [sic] bad, man!
- Also Bek is "bad" at Madden.
From Old High German bad, akin to Old Saxon bath, belongs to the German word family of bähen.
- bad girl and boy trope - bad films - bad reputation - bad taste - bad luck - evil - negative - pejorative
- Bad art
- Bad writer
- Bad woman
- Bad (economics), a concept in economics which is used to describe an object or situation that is harmful to the persons affected by it, in contrast to a good
- Good and bad
- Bad man