First of all, the challenges facing the U.K. are examples of what the literature calls “wicked” problems.
One theory is as convincing as it is wicked: we gawk when the mighty fall because we take glee in their disgrace.
Nathaniel Rich on a wicked 1942 satire for his 'American Dreams' series.
Ted had that wonderful sardonic smile, particularly after one of his wry and wicked jokes struck home.
MacDonald saw a lot that day, including gold candlesticks, the Kingdom of Heaven, and lots of violent judgment for the wicked.
Oh, this wicked, wicked world, and the shams and sorrows in it!
Such conduct is as wicked and dangerous to the state as any that can be conceived.
“It is only the wicked and foolish who flee when no man pursueth,” was their thought.
She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.
Out in the world people can do as they like and nobody thinks of calling them wicked!
"bundle of fiber in a lamp or candle," Old English weoce, from West Germanic *weukon (cf. Middle Dutch wieke, Dutch wiek, Old High German wiohha, German Wieche), of unknown origin, with no known cognates beyond Germanic. To dip one's wick "engage in sexual intercourse" (in reference to males) is recorded from 1958, perhaps from Hampton Wick, rhyming slang for "prick," which would connect it rather to wick (n.2).
"dairy farm," now surviving, if at all, as a localism in East Anglia or Essex, it was once the common Old English wic "dwelling place, lodging, abode," then coming to mean "village, hamlet, town," and later "dairy farm" (e.g. Gatwick "Goat-farm"). Common in this latter sense 13c.-14c. The word is a general Germanic borrowing from Latin vicus "group of dwellings, village; a block of houses, a street, a group of streets forming an administrative unit" (see vicinity). Cf. Old High German wih "village," German Weichbild "municipal area," Dutch wijk "quarter, district," Old Frisian wik, Old Saxon wic "village."
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