wick·​ed·​ness ˈwi-kəd-nəs How to pronounce wickedness (audio)
: the quality or state of being wicked
: something wicked

Examples of wickedness in a Sentence

a couple of live wires who got into all kinds of wickedness during their vacation in Las Vegas the movie featured a villain of unadulterated wickedness
Recent Examples on the Web His perception of man’s wickedness would prove tragically prescient. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 There is something in suburban rabbits that has evolved toward wickedness, their tails like an implement developed for hospitals, to mop up blood. Diane Seuss, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2024 One pines for the days when wickedness took the plump and tangible form of a man named Goldfinger, whose only digital ambition was to get his fingers on gold. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 What we’re left with is a dreadful, sometimes surpassingly dull taxonomy of wickedness, as the greedy, lunkheaded Ernest succumbs to Hale’s venal spell, while also falling in love with and marrying an Osage woman named Mollie. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 This element of the series was often too on the nose, and much less compelling than the random displays of immorality and wickedness that make the Ushers rotten to the core. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 Its religious trappings are plain enough: the attribution of natural catastrophes to human wickedness, revelations of the apocalypse, persecution of heretics. Christian Schneider, National Review, 28 Sep. 2023 But there is also a kind of understanding being telegraphed, across generations, of the woes and wickedness that Black women will be forced to wrestle with over the course of their lives. Hazlitt, 9 Aug. 2023 The atmosphere around bullfighting was already losing some of its wickedness and danger; the longer Manolete reigned over the sport, the more the crowd expected of him and the harsher its impatience and disappointment became with his subtle and refined performances. New York Times, 3 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wickedness was in the 14th century

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“Wickedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wickedness. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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