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wickedness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wickedness morally objectionable behavior
    • n wickedness the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions "the vileness of his language surprised us"
    • n wickedness estrangement from god
    • n wickedness the quality of being wicked
    • n wickedness absence of moral or spiritual values "the powers of darkness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wickedness A wicked thing or act; crime; sin; iniquity. "I'll never care what wickedness I do,
      If this man comes to good."
    • Wickedness 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. "God saw that the wickedness of man was great.""Their inward part is very wickedness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wickedness Wicked character, quality, or disposition; depravity or corruption of heart; evil disposition; sinfulness: as, the wickedness of a man or of an action.
    • n wickedness Wicked conduct; evil practices; active immorality; vice; crime; sin.
    • n wickedness A wicked thing or act; an act of iniquity.
    • n wickedness Figuratively, the wicked.
    • n wickedness Synonyms Unrighteousness, villainy, rascality, knavery, atrocity, iniquity, enormity. See references under wicked.
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Quotations

  • Francis Quarles
    Francis%20Quarles
    “Wickedness is its own punishment.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. [Psalms 66:18]”
  • Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    “Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt... doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.”
  • Francis Beaumont
    Francis Beaumont
    “There is a method in man's wickedness; it grows up by degrees.”

Usage

In literature:

Early in his career he began to speak of the wickedness of the institution at the yearly meetings of the Quakers.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
These are the schools in which the mighty in wickedness are educated.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
I could speak with withering scorn of such as made a profession while they were living in any known wickedness.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
Oh, the wickedness of it!
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
Unkindness, ingratitude, and every wickedness is in the scene before you.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Is it not then the height of wickedness to set out to make people believe and act one way in religion?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Would she have the wickedness to imagine we are not all friends with her?
"A Simple Story" by Mrs. Inchbald
Extreme cases of wickedness were punished by sending boys to bed in the daytime.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
I try to be ever so good; but you go on and on, and I'm getting wickeder and wickeder!
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
How can you charge them with wickedness and abomination?
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
Wickedness will wax to a worst never yet known.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
From that hour they were doomed in her estimation as the acme of wickedness and vice.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
Annunziata was a pure and innocent creature, unused to the ways of the world and incapable of suspecting the wickedness of men.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
If the mighty Ally will never fail, I should never be afraid of the marshalled hosts of wickedness.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I had forsaken them for the wickednesses of this unhappy campaign.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
His knowledge of wickedness was really absurdly limited.
"The Mission Of Mr. Eustace Greyne" by Robert Hichens
He's attractive in his own way from his very wickedness.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Oh, de wickedness ob mankind!
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
He had not yet fathomed the depth of his uncle's wickedness.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
Weren't you in luck that Miss Nelson never found out about your wickedness yesterday?
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

The more he spread his mission,
The more he became despised,
He forgave men this wickedness,
And yet he was crucified.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"And see ye not that braid braid road,
That lies across that lily leven?
That is the path of wickedness,
Tho some call it the road to heaven.
"Thomas The Rhymer" by Anonymous British
ALAS! replied the other with a sigh,
In vain the nuns my virtue sought to try;
'Twas my misfortune:—patience heav'n bestow;
For worlds such wickedness I would not know.
"The Spectacles" by Jean de La Fontaine
`My lord was like a star in highest heav'n
Drawn down to earth by spells and wickedness;
My lord was like the opening eyes of day
When western winds creep softly o'er the flowers;
"Fair Elanor" by William Blake
The Word came down to Dives in Torment where he lay:
"Our World is full of wickedness, My Children maim and slay,
"And the Saint and Seer and Prophet
"Can make no better of it
"Than to sanctify and prophesy and pray.
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling
The first time that Peter denied his Lord
He had neither the Throne, nor the Keys nor the Sword—
A poor silly fisherman, what could he do,
When the cock crew—when the cock crew—
But weep for his wickedness when the cock crew?
"The Song at Cock-Crow" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

You know all too well that you are in a spiritual war against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places.
"A Splendid Wickedness" by David Bentley Hart, in First Things, Aug.–Sept 2011.
For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
"The Brilliant Wickedness of Oprah".
When engulfed in a malevolent fog, the town of Jefferson, Minn. Descends into chaos, corruption, wickedness, and death.
For centuries, the devil has paced a desolate circle of dirt deep in the Chatham County woods, plotting wickedness over a patch of ground too cursed for even a blade of grass.
General Levy Champagne Body Wickedness Increase FFRR 0:54:14 ().
300,000 worth of pure wickedness.
4 My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.
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In science:

We believe that the abundance of trapping regions is essentially equivalent to weirdness, and that in their absence wickedness will prevail.
Ergodic theory of generic continuous maps
But as far as the authors know there are no results on the wholesomeness or wickedness of Lebesgue-a.e. point of the manifold in this context.
Ergodic theory of generic continuous maps
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