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 for The social evil
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Social \So"cial\, a. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin
     to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See Sue to follow.]
     1. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in
        society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social
        interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits;
        social happiness; social duties. "Social phenomena." --J.
        S. Mill.
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     2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse;
        companionable; sociable; as, a social person.
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     3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.
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              Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not
              Social communication.                 --Milton.
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     4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of
        many individual plants of the same species.
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     5. (Zool.)
        (a) Living in communities consisting of males, females,
            and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
        (b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from
            basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians.
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     Social science, the science of all that relates to the
        social condition, the relations and institutions which are
        involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member
        of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself
        with questions of the public health, education, labor,
        punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the
        like.
  
     Social whale (Zool.), the blackfish.
  
     The social evil, prostitution.
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     Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly;
          familiar; communicative; convival; festive.
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