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

Example Sentences

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 Contemporary Colombo is a boiling cauldron of wickedness inhabited by ruthless paramilitary police, communist insurgents, Tamil separatists, opportunist underworld fixers and ambiguously aligned Westerners. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 Conservatism, rightly understood, is premised on a realistic understanding of human frailties, shortcomings, and wickedness. David Harsanyi, National Review, 27 Oct. 2022 The war between John and his children, however, would continue, its wickedness increasing with every accusation lobbed by the Donovans in public and every plan hatched by John in private. Ian Frisch, Town & Country, 27 Oct. 2022 Acts of unbroken earnestness, like those of unrelieved wickedness, are dull to watch and boring to talk about. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022 The most important thing was trying to figure out a story that everybody was excited about and that was familiar enough in tone to make sense, nod to the past, and pay tribute to a [the first film's] whimsy, ridiculousness, evilness, and wickedness. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2022 People often associated facial irregularities with the devastating effects of disease, such as leprosy or syphilis, or with corporal punishment, wickedness and sin. Lindsey Fitzharris, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2022 And there is precedent in Hanks’ career for both Parker’s over-the-top wickedness and Luhrmann’s prosthetic-laden artifice. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 That wickedness included mass starvations, slave-labor camps, political oppression, purges and executions, religious persecution and the subjugation of satellite nations that even now struggle to pull themselves from Russia’s malicious orbit. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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