lesser of two evils


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lesser of two evils

the less bad thing of a pair of bad things. I didn't like either politician, so I voted for the lesser of two evils. Given the options of going out with someone I don't like and staying home and watching a boring television program, I chose the lesser of the two evils and watched television.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two

lesser of two evils

The somewhat less unpleasant of two poor choices. For example, I'd rather stay home and miss the picnic altogether than run into those nasty people-it's the lesser of two evils . This expression was already a proverb in ancient Greek and appeared in English by the late 1300s. Chaucer used it in Troilus and Cressida.
See also: evil, lesser, of, two
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It does not seem to be stopping either Catholic women or their Catholic doctors from choosing what they see as the lesser of two evils when a pregnancy means the loss of two lives and not just one.
In general, most Republicans (59%) seem to be rooting for the Democrat they perceive as the lesser of two evils -- 33% prefer Obama because they are more worried about Clinton being elected and 26% prefer Clinton because they are more worried about Obama being elected.
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Despite his massive victory, many voters saw Villaraigosa as the lesser of two evils and remain skeptical that he can deliver on his promise to bring people together.
I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and I am weary of having to choose "the lesser of two evils.
In such a case, the Catholic voter would have chosen the lesser of two evils, which is morally permissible under these circumstances.
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I'm forced to see it as the lesser of two evils," said David Servideo, 24, echoing the comments of others.