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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.
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(ˈwɪk ɪd nɪs)

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

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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
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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.
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1. That which is morally bad or objectionable:
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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
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[ˈwɪkɪdnɪs] nvilenie f
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(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
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[ˈwɪkɪdnɪs] n (see adj) → cattiveria, malvagità, malizia, iniquità
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(ˈwikid) adjective
evil; sinful. He is a wicked man; That was a wicked thing to do.
ˈwickedly adverb
ˈwickedness noun
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References in classic literature ?
- how unblest not to know the wickedness of laughing at another's misfortune!"
Nevertheless, his barbarous cruelty and inhumanity with infinite wickedness do not permit him to be celebrated among the most excellent men.
Her innocent eyes saw hidden capabilities of wickedness in me that I was not aware of myself, until I felt them stirring under her look.
"Now, that bird," he would say, "is, maybe, two hundred years old, Hawkins--they live forever mostly; and if anybody's seen more wickedness, it must be the devil himself.
The honest lovers of liberty will, we doubt not, pardon that long digression into which we were led at the close of the last chapter, to prevent our history from being applied to the use of the most pernicious doctrine which priestcraft had ever the wickedness or the impudence to preach.
In the island of Cos, for instance, the democracy was subverted by the wickedness of the demagogues, for the nobles entered into a combination with each other.
The atmosphere rare and pure, danger near and the spirit full of a joyful wickedness: thus are things well matched.
I had before been moved by the sophisms of the being I had created; I had been struck senseless by his fiendish threats; but now, for the first time, the wickedness of my promise burst upon me; I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.
"No--not worse," said Adam, bitterly; "I don't believe it's worse-- I'd sooner do it--I'd sooner do a wickedness as I could suffer for by myself than ha' brought HER to do wickedness and then stand by and see 'em punish her while they let me alone; and all for a bit o' pleasure, as, if he'd had a man's heart in him, he'd ha' cut his hand off sooner than he'd ha' taken it.
Huntingdon commence again the game of teaching the child to hate and despise his mother, and emulate his father's wickedness - I will yet deliver my son from his hands.
Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness? -- and which does the most mischief heaven only knows.
But for you, O my children, whose lives are but newly begun, the wickedness, unkindness, and ingratitude from which I fled are before you.