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  1. the quality or state of being wicked.
  2. wicked conduct or practices.
  3. a wicked act or thing.
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Origin of wickedness

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wicked, -ness
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Related Words for wickedness

depravity, atrocity, evil, immorality, infamy, iniquity, deviltry, vice, offense, sin, unrighteousness, flagrancy

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Contemporary Examples of wickedness

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.

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