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adj. wick·ed·er, wick·ed·est
1. Evil or immoral: "this wicked man Hitler, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatred" (Winston S. Churchill).
2. Playfully malicious or mischievous: a wicked prank; a critic's wicked wit.
3. Severe and distressing: a wicked cough; a wicked gash; wicked driving conditions.
4. Highly offensive; obnoxious: a wicked stench.
5. Slang Strikingly good, effective, or skillful: a wicked curve ball; a wicked imitation.
adv. Slang
Used as an intensive: "a ... body suit, which she describes as wicked comfortable" (Nathan Cobb).

[Middle English, alteration of wicke, ultimately from Old English wicca, sorcerer; see witch.]

wick′ed·ly adv.
wick′ed·ness n.


(ˈwɪk ɪd nɪs)

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



show one’s horns To reveal one’s evil intentions; to expose one’s malicious, venomous, or insidious nature. This expression alludes to the horns commonly portrayed on the forehead of Satan, an attribute which also gave rise to one of the devil’s nicknames, Old Hornie.

show the cloven hoof To reveal a treacherous nature or evil intentions. The allusion is to the cloven hoof of Satan, long representative of evil. Although the simple term hoof was in use in this figurative sense as early as 1638, the phrase did not appear until much later.

[It] had caused him to show the cloven hoof too soon. (James Payn, The Luck of the Darrells, 1885)

son of Belial A thoroughly evil and despicable person; the embodiment of wickedness; the devil. This expression originated in the Old Testament (I Samuel 2:12):

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.

Belial, apparently derived from the Hebrew b’li ya’al ‘without use,’ became the equivalent of Satan in later Jewish writings. Belial was also employed as a name for one of the fallen angels in John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667). The expression maintains its theological application for the personification of evil.

A scoffer, a debauched person, and, in brief, a man of Belial. (Sir Walter Scott, The Monastery, 1822)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wickedness - morally objectionable behaviorwickedness - morally objectionable behavior  
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
devilry, deviltry - wicked and cruel behavior
foul play - unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act
sexual immorality - the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions; "sexual immorality is the major reason for last year's record number of abortions"
2.wickedness - absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
foulness - disgusting wickedness and immorality; "he understood the foulness of sin"; "his display of foulness deserved severe punishment"; "mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"
3.wickedness - the quality of being wickedwickedness - the quality of being wicked    
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
filthiness - moral corruption or pollution; "this deformity and filthiness of sin"
enormity - the quality of extreme wickedness
4.wickedness - estrangement from godwickedness - estrangement from god    
unrighteousness - failure to adhere to moral principles; "forgave us our sins and cleansed us of all unrighteousness"
mark of Cain - the mark that God set upon Cain now refers to a person's sinful nature
5.wickedness - the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotionswickedness - the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions; "the vileness of his language surprised us"
odiousness, offensiveness, distastefulness - the quality of being offensive


noun evil, wrong, sin, curse, wrongdoing, depravity, immorality, iniquity, badness, viciousness, sinfulness, turpitude, baseness, malignity, heinousness, maleficence moral arguments about the wickedness of nuclear weapons They have sunk to new levels of wickedness.


1. That which is morally bad or objectionable:
شَر، خُبْث، رَداءَة خُلْق
vonska, illska


[ˈwɪkɪdnɪs] N
1. (= evil) → maldad f, crueldad f
all manner of wickednesstoda clase de maldades
2. (= naughtiness) [of grin, laugh, suggestion] → picardía f


[ˈwɪkɪdnɪs] nvilenie f


(of person)Schlechtigkeit f; (= immorality)Verderbtheit f; (= indulgence in vices)Lasterhaftigkeit f
(= viciousness)Bösartigkeit f; (of satire)Boshaftigkeit f; (of frost, wind, weather)Gemeinheit f; the wickedness of his temperseine aufbrausende or unbeherrschte Art
(= mischievousness)Boshaftigkeit f, → Bosheit f
(inf, of prices etc) → Unverschämtheit f


[ˈwɪkɪdnɪs] n (see adj) → cattiveria, malvagità, malizia, iniquità


(ˈwikid) adjective
evil; sinful. He is a wicked man; That was a wicked thing to do.
ˈwickedly adverb
ˈwickedness noun
References in classic literature ?
The brother and sister departed, and left Judge Pyncheon sitting in the old home of his forefathers, all by himself; so heavy and lumpish that we can liken him to nothing better than a defunct nightmare, which had perished in the midst of its wickedness, and left its flabby corpse on the breast of the tormented one, to be gotten rid of as it might!
Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly nightshade, dogwood, henbane, and whatever else of vegetable wickedness the climate could produce, all flourishing with hideous luxuriance?
Like a mob of young collegians, they are full of fight, fun, and wickedness, tumbling round the world at such a reckless, rollicking rate, that no prudent underwriter would insure them any more than he would a riotous lad at Yale or Harvard.
Ah, God, the horror of it, the monstrous, hideous, demoniacal wickedness of it
I b'lieve in religion, and one of these days, when I've got matters tight and snug, I calculates to tend to my soul and them ar matters; and so what's the use of doin' any more wickedness than 's re'lly necessary?
And at last, when it hit me all of a sudden that here was the plain hand of Providence slapping me in the face and letting me know my wickedness was being watched all the time from up there in heaven,whilst I was stealing a poor old woman's nigger that hadn't ever done me no harm, and now was showing me there's One that's always on the lookout, and ain't a- going to allow no such miserable doings to go only just so fur and no further, I most dropped in my tracks I was so scared.
If Samuel had not loved wickedness he would not have followed me to the water pail.
I hardly know how it has happened; a little, perhaps, from that wickedness on my side which was prone to take disgust towards a girl so idolized and so cried up as she always was, by her aunt and grandmother, and all their set.
Joseph remained to hector over tenants and labourers; and because it was his vocation to be where he had plenty of wickedness to reprove.
she thought, bitterly, "how long I have lived in the world, and how little I have known of my own weakness and wickedness until to-day
That, if it were in the nature of traitorous ways to thrive (which happily it never was), the real wickedness and guilt of his business might have remained undiscovered.
What an amazing place London was to me when I saw it in the distance, and how I believed all the adventures of all my favourite heroes to be constantly enacting and re-enacting there, and how I vaguely made it out in my own mind to be fuller of wonders and wickedness than all the cities of the earth, I need not stop here to relate.