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
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Contemporary Examples of wickedness

  • Trying to climb this mountain of wickedness is like trying to climb a glass wall with your bare hands.

  • The discussion poses an argument: In the book of Ezekiel, God is determined to wipe out a city, which is full of wickedness.

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    For Shame

    Alana Suskin

    July 12, 2012

Historical Examples of wickedness

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for wickedness

c.1300, from wicked + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper