wick·​ed·​ness | \ˈwi-kəd-nəs \

Definition of wickedness 

1 : the quality or state of being wicked

2 : something wicked

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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

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Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Democratic strategists regard them as the embodiment of political wickedness. Jeff Jacoby, BostonGlobe.com, "Pro-immigrant Republicans, from Lincoln to the Koch brothers," 15 June 2018 To push back against that wickedness requires becoming wicked yourself. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Donald Trump paints the border as a lawless hellhole. But so does American pop culture.," 22 June 2018 In Imperial Rome, the poets Horace and Ovid took stepmotherly wickedness for granted, while the historian Tacitus’ grotesque portrait of Livia, the third wife of the Emperor Augustus, has yet to be effaced. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Empress’ Review: Light of the Mughal World," 13 July 2018 Here are nine post-millennial baddies whose wickedness is often cut with bits of decency, victimization, or gentility. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 Scorpion plays as a series of parables about the wickedness of modern life and its signal sins of greed, vanity, and pride. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 This new production of Saint Joan is a splendid attack on that enduring wickedness. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "What a Broadway weekend!: 'St. Joan' and 'My Fair Lady'!," 27 Apr. 2018 Such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "U.K. marks one year since deadly attack on Ariana Grande concert in Manchester," 22 May 2018 The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God...forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Town & Country, "What Happens to the Children of Infamous Fathers?," 21 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of wickedness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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