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[wik-id-nis] /ˈwɪk ɪd nɪs/
the quality or state of being wicked.
wicked conduct or practices.
a wicked act or thing.
Origin of wickedness
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at wicked, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was not that she could not say "I have done no wickedness;" let us place this heroine in no false light.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You don't know, darling, the wickedness of that villainous baggage.

  • He was working himself into a rage over the wickedness of Taku-Wakin.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Mankind has not been capable of more utter cruelty and wickedness than were in their hearts.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Idolatry indeed is wickedness; but it is the thing, not the name, which is so.

  • What was 't you said about our going to that sink of wickedness at Providence?

  • Hasty you may have been, but I know that wickedness never had a lodgment in your heart.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • I will not hear it from your lips, and with the taint of your wickedness upon it.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for wickedness

c.1300, from wicked + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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