Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wicked character, quality, or disposition; depravity or corruption of heart; evil disposition; sinfulness: as, the wickedness of a man or of an action.
- n. Wicked conduct; evil practices; active immorality; vice; crime; sin.
- n. A wicked thing or act; an act of iniquity.
- n. Figuratively, the wicked.
- n. Synonyms Unrighteousness, villainy, rascality, knavery, atrocity, iniquity, enormity. See references under wicked.
- n. The state of being wicked; evil disposition; immorality.
- n. A wicked or sinful thing or act; morally bad or objectionable behaviour.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being wicked; departure from the rules of the divine or the moral law; evil disposition or practices; immorality; depravity; sinfulness.
- n. A wicked thing or act; crime; sin; iniquity.
- n. the quality of being wicked
- n. estrangement from god
- n. morally objectionable behavior
- n. the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions
- n. absence of moral or spiritual values
- wicked + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Shakespeare, whose mind was more intent upon notions than words, had in his thoughts the pulchritude of virtue, and the deformity of wickedness; and though he had mentioned _wickedness_, made the correlative answer to _deformity_.”
“If we are to suppose that man might have been created or developed with none of those extremes of character which now often result in what we call wickedness, vice, or crime, there would certainly have been a greater monotony in human nature, which would, perhaps, have led to less beneficial results than the variety which actually exists may lead to.”
Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences
“Some of these good folk, for example, play the piano more sedulously than that instrument, in my opinion, deserves; yet are mightily indignant, in talk with me, at what they call the wickedness of teaching multitudes of poor children to play upon pianos provided by the rates.”
“Cyaxares the Mede in 625 B.C. See on  Jon 3: 3. cry -- (Isa 40: 6; 58: 1). come up before me -- (Ge 4: 10; 6: 13; 18: 21; Ezr 9: 6; Re 18: 5); that is, their wickedness is so great as to require My open interposition for punishment.”
“This wickedness is the legitimate outgrowth of that system of slavery which originated the rebellion, and debauched, from time immemorial, all the finer instincts of man.”
“There he lies quietly, and neither he nor his wickedness is any more remembered than a tree which is broken to shivers.”
“The wild-dog was maturer than Jerry, larger-bodied, and wiser in wickedness; but Jerry was blue-blooded, right-selected, and valiant.”
“The second Regency Pleasure Emporium brothel tale (see WHEN A LADY MISBEHAVES) stars a charming “bad girl” whose wickedness is to write sensual letters enticing the male Ton to come to the bordello.”
“I ` m just not getting any sense of dissatisfaction with the infernal dynasty and its and its shrieking delight in wickedness … …”
“One suggests that the death toll could have been much higher had it not been for God's mercy -- and the other that God may have used the hurricane to purge wickedness from the city.”
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