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Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
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Illustration: Laocoön and His Sons ("Clamores horrendos" detail), photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons
A film still from the Great Train Robbery, a robber shooting at the projection screen.

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Bad is a concept in ethics used to describe undesirable circumstances or events.

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.

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In Nietzsche

Good and Bad

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

In African American Vernacular English, and varieties of American English that have been influenced by it, bad or badass are frequently used as compliments, an example of rhetorical irony.

You is [sic] bad, man!
Also Bek is "bad" at Madden.

In this sense bad is a synonym for fantastic and it is used in the same context aswicked in British vernacular and American vernacular.

Etymology

From Old High German bad, akin to Old Saxon bath, belongs to the German word family of bähen.

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