the lesser of two evils

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the lesser of two evils

the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good Sometimes I don't like either of the candidates, so I just try to choose the lesser of the two evils.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form a lesser evil: I don't like her, I just think of her as the lesser evil.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

the lesser of two evils

  also a lesser evil
the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which are good I suppose I regard the Democratic candidate as the lesser of two evils.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two
References in classic literature ?
But all my care and pains were unavailing, for my master made the discovery that I was not a man, and harboured the same base designs as my servant; and as fortune does not always supply a remedy in cases of difficulty, and I had no precipice or ravine at hand down which to fling the master and cure his passion, as I had in the servant's case, I thought it a lesser evil to leave him and again conceal myself among these crags, than make trial of my strength and argument with him.
The number of asylum seekers will reach 5 million in Turkey if Assad is viewed and praised as a lesser evil.
But in a book released on Tuesday, he said condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more moral and responsible sexuality.
The Vatican yesterday said the was condom a lesser evil in such a case, signalling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it further explained the Pope's comments.
The Vatican yesterday said the condom was a lesser evil in such a case, signalling a seismic shift in papal teaching as it further explained the pope's comments.
However, the use of condoms to stop the deadly contact, in limited situations and emergencies, is judged by the Church as a lesser evil.
Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser evil to avoid a greater moral evil or in order to promote a greater moral good, it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it" (Humanae vitae, n.
Thomas at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, more than 40 years ago, I learned that traditional Catholic moral theology always taught that we could never choose to do evil, even a lesser evil.
Obrycki also questions the argument that Bt corn is a lesser evil than old pesticides.
Here we are again--stuck with trying to figure out what to do about another Presidential election, another choice of a lesser evil in which the adjective gets cloudier and cloudier while the noun gets clearer and clearer.
What I have said is: Some circles are giving the violent acts of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization as an excuse and are trying to show Assad as a lesser evil.
I would say, as I have just said now, you keep having to balance what is a lesser evil," the South African prelate told the BBC.
Manning tells of indicating to an Ottawa reporter that destroying embryos to save lives is a lesser evil than destroying them for no purpose.
This goes against one of the basic principles of revered 18th-century economist Adam Smith, who argued that inequality in taxes was a lesser evil than even a small degree of uncertainty.
It is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it--to have as the object of a positive act of the will something which intrinsically contradicts the moral order, even when it is a lesser evil.