lesser evil
Given two bad choices the one that is less objectionable.

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  • lesser evil — (or lesser of two evils) see ↑evil, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑lesser …   Useful english dictionary

  • lesser evil — something that is the best of a group of bad options …   English contemporary dictionary

  • The Lesser Evil — Infobox Film name = The Lesser Evil image size = caption = director = D. W. Griffith producer = writer = George Hennessy narrator = starring = Blanche Sweet Edwin August music = cinematography = G. W. Bitzer editing = distributor = released = 29… …   Wikipedia

  • the lesser evil — (or the lesser of two evils) the less harmful or unpleasant of two bad choices or possibilities authoritarianism may seem a lesser evil than abject poverty …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) lesser evil — the ˌlesser of two ˈevils | the ˌlesser ˈevil idiom the less unpleasant of two unpleasant choices Main entry: ↑lesseridiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lesser of two evils principle — The lesser of two evils principle, also known simply as the lesser evil, is the idea that of two bad choices, one isn t as bad as the other, and should be chosen over the one that is a greater threat. Some people consider the lesser of two evils… …   Wikipedia

  • evil — [[t]i͟ːv(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦♦ evils 1) N UNCOUNT Evil is a powerful force that some people believe to exist, and which causes wicked and bad things to happen. We are still being attacked by the forces of evil... There s always a conflict between good and …   English dictionary

  • evil — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ absolute, pure ▪ the pure evil in his soul ▪ intrinsic ▪ the intrinsic evil o …   Collocations dictionary

  • lesser — less|er [ˈlesə US ər] adj [only before noun] 1.) formal not as large, as important, or as much as something else ≠ greater ▪ They originally asked for $5 million, but finally settled for a lesser sum. to a lesser extent/degree ▪ This was true in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lesser — /les euhr/, adj., a compar. of little with least as superl. 1. smaller, as in size or importance; inferior: a lesser evil. adv., a compar. of little with least as superl. 2. less. [1175 1225; ME lasser, lesser …   Universalium

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