wick·​ed·​ness | \ ˈwi-kəd-nəs How to pronounce wickedness (audio) \

Definition of wickedness

1 : the quality or state of being wicked
2 : 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 Chalamet and Villeneuve bring verve and terror to the confrontation that opens the novel: a primal scene of teen-age powerlessness in the face of what appears to be arbitrary adult wickedness. The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 The world cannot forget the particular wickedness of the atrocities. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Stressful situations spark all our wickedness, the tragedy was just the final punch that taught our characters a deadly lesson. Jd Linville, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 His first killing, of twin sisters, occurs matter-of-factly, as a natural, if extreme, consequence of the aura of wickedness that surrounds him. Emmanuel Ordóñez Angulo, The New York Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2021 Only wickedness could describe the idea that these bills were necessary in order to protect children, when the truth was that children were harmed even by the attempt to pass them. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 While viewers may feel seduced by the playful wickedness of Safran’s supporting characters, they’re now forced to sit with the uncomfortable reality of the series’ lead Zoya going up against New York’s morally corrupt. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, 12 Aug. 2021 When does a preoccupation with wickedness become wicked itself? Sarah Braunstei, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 These conflict colors present feelings of naivete and wickedness. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of wickedness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wickedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wickedness. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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