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The synopsis: The words fleur and mal in the title of Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems Les Fleurs du Mal (1857) have broad meanings and connotations, and appear in visualisations of the figure of the flower of evil. In French, mal means sickness, illness, harm, trouble and pain, as well as evil, including personified evil. The wordfleur means ‘flower’ and ‘blossom’, the latter of which is more ambiguous. While ‘flower’ is primarily associated with a flowering plant, the word ‘blossom’ also covers the previous meaning, but it does not have to be a blossoming flower. For example, there are blossoms on apple trees too. The blossom still marks the blossoming or spread and vitality of mal, which can also be manifested in unusual beauty (from the conservative viewpoint). A blossom is also the consequence of the blossoming of mal.