Meaning: Very unpleasant
Originally, awful meant inspiring wonder, deriving from 'full of awe'.
Meaning: A person who mocks or harms those who are weaker
Originally, a bully meant a good fellow or a darling. It is believed to have evolved from the Dutch word 'boel', meaning 'lover'.
Meaning: Contrived or false
Originally, artificial meant artfully and skillfully constructed.
Originally, villain meant a trusted farm hand. It used to be spelled villein, which then evolved into the version we are familiar with today.
Meaning: A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject
Originally, symposium referred to a drinking party. The word comes from the Greek word 'symposion' which the ancient Greeks used to describe their boozy banquets.
Meaning: A promiscuous woman
Originally, harlot referred to a goofy, mischievous man.
Meaning: A matter of no importance
Originally, moot point referred to a hypothetical idea created specifically to be talked about.
Originally resentment meant gratitude.
Meaning: Seeming fair, but falsely so
Originally meant fair or beautiful.
Meaning: Shockingly bad
Originally referred to anything that separates itself from a group.