lesser evil

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lesser evil

The less offensive of two undesirable options. Both options are unpalatable, but the lesser evil, in this case, is selling the house. Polls show that the candidate is not well-liked, but is viewed as the lesser evil.
See also: evil, lesser

the lesser evil (or the lesser of two evils)

the less harmful or unpleasant of two bad choices or possibilities.
See also: evil, lesser
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EDITORIAL - 'A lesser evil' !-- -- (The Philippine Star) - June 29, 2019 - 12:00am Compared to the drug scourge, illegal gambling is the lesser evil, according to President Duterte.
He ruled out abortion, saying: "Abortion is not a lesser evil. It is a crime.
The number of asylum seekers will reach 5 million in Turkey if Assad is viewed and praised as a lesser evil. ISIL will take reign of the streets of ystanbul as well as Berlin.
"You keep having to balance what is a lesser evil. It s quite clear in the best of worlds it would be a good thing for us to say you clobber him, capture him and let him stand for trial.
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.
In advocating "a lesser evil approach" to political ethics, Ignatieff embraces the idea that decision-makers must inevitably sacrifice some important values to others.
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. For instance, a priest could never violate the seal of confession even to save the whole world, and a poor mother of 10 children who would starve if there were another mouth to feed still could not choose to abort the one in her womb to spare them.
Bush in some senses may be a lesser evil than the vice president.
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. Today the Assad regime is the source of all evil in Syria.
"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.