wickedness

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wikkednes, wikkednesse, wikednesse, equivalent to wicked +‎ -ness.

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wickedness ‎(countable and uncountable, plural wickednesses)

  1. The state of being wicked; evil disposition; immorality.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 227d.
      We speak of wickedness as something in the soul different from virtue.
  2. A wicked or sinful thing or act; morally bad or objectionable behaviour.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1611, Bible (KJV), Genesis 6:5:
    And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

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