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Adverb
In an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unsuccessful way
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“Minerva is used to researchers describing the studies in a meta-analysis as poor, inadequate, or badly reported.”
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To a very large great
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“It was a gamble that went badly wrong.”
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In a critical or unfavourable way
“And even if they are, I don't think they reflect that badly on their speakers.”
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In an unacceptable or unpleasant way
“Animal cruelty inspectors found the two dogs had been so badly treated they weighed just half of what they should have been.”
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Very much or intensely
“Any parks footballer will tell you how painful that can be and I was badly winded which was why I went down.”
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In an unfavorable or inauspicious manner
“All involved in the story came out badly.”
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In a shameful manner
“The king was a bad man who would execute anyone who opposed him.”
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In a harsh or oppressive manner
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“Why were they treated so badly?”
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Adverb for engaging in childish misbehavior
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“Children who behave badly need help, not criticism.”
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In an abominable manner
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In an emotionally difficult manner
“He felt bad because he hated his job.”
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In an inexcusable manner
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(figuratively) With no hope of recovery
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Adverb for having a harmful effect on
“Drinking copious amounts of alcohol is bad for your health.”
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(of food) Adverb for decayed or putrid
“The milk is now bad after weeks of being left in the fridge.”
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Adverb for distressing to the mind or senses
“He received the bad news that he would soon be out of a job.”
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Adverb for sick or unwell
“I couldn't go to work today because I was feeling bad.”
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(of a part of the body) Adverb for injured or painful
“The soccer player had a bad knee after falling over on the field.”
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Adverb for feeling repentant
“The mother felt bad for having to discipline her son even if it was necessary.”
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(of a moment or occasion) Adverb for inopportune or disadvantageous
“With property prices being so low, it is now a bad time to be putting your house up for sale.”
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Adverb for unwise or unsound in judgment
“Deciding to buy this expensive sports car was a bad decision.”
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Adverb for worthless or invalid
“When bad checks bounce, you may face fees, potential legal trouble, and other problems.”
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(of language) Adverb for offensive or vulgar
“He would often get angry and swear at others using bad language.”
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(of investments) Adverb for high-risk, likely to fail
“He lost half of his life savings due to a bad investment.”
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(slang) Adverb for impressively bold or daring
“He was bad live, killed it on stage.”
Adjective
With a twist to one side
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