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wickedness

[wik-id-nis] /ˈwɪk ɪd nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being wicked.
2.
wicked conduct or practices.
3.
a wicked act or thing.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see wicked, -ness
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  • Others embrace evolution out of a desire to avoid culpability for their own chosen form of wickedness.
  • Everything was danced with an alluring sensuality and a touch of wickedness.
  • Civic organizations have been stirred by this and other evidence that the wickedness of a country village is creep- ing in.
  • She had often aroused this longing, putting out the bait and withdrawing it, which was the only form of wickedness she knew.
  • One basic plot only has appeared daily in their fifteen thousand theatres-the triumph of virtue and the overthrow of wickedness.
  • During the war itself, the explanation was the wickedness of the opposing side.
  • Nor is it clear how much the wickedness and the painting actually bear on one another.
  • Distance once helped dampen the effects of human wickedness, and weapons once had limited range.
  • My grand kids will witness the same life-long testament to ignorance and wickedness.
  • Werewolves howl, wickedness abounds, and the wigs are scary enough.
Word Origin and History for wickedness
n.

c.1300, from wicked + -ness.

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