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Wickedness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    wickedness n
  1. morally objectionable behavior [syn: evil, immorality, iniquity]
  2. absence of moral or spiritual values; "the powers of darkness" [syn: iniquity, darkness, dark]
  3. the quality of being wicked [syn: nefariousness, vileness]
  4. estrangement from god [syn: sin, sinfulness]
Wickedness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Wickedness \Wick"ed*ness\, n.
  1. 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. --Gen. vi. 5. Their inward part is very wickedness. --Ps. v. 9.
  2. A wicked thing or act; crime; sin; iniquity. I'll never care what wickedness I do, If this man comes to good. --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Wickedness'

Evil is the intention of causing harm or destruction, specifically from the perception of deliberately violating some moral code without guilt, without torment, without consequences. Evil is usually seen as the opposite of good. The philosophical question of whether morality is absolute or relative leads to questions about the nature of evil, with views falling into one of four opposed camps: moral absolutism, amoralism, moral relativism, and moral universalism.

The root meaning of the word is of obscure origin though shown to be akin to modern English "over" and modern German über (OE ofer) and "up" (OE up, upp) with the basic idea of transgressing.

The modern English word "evil" (Old English yfel) and its cognates such as the German Übel are widely considered to come from a Proto-Germanic reconstructed form *ubilaz, comparable to the Hittite huwapp- ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European form *wap- and suffixed zero-grade form *up-elo-. Other later Germanic forms include Middle English evel, ifel, ufel, Old Frisian evel (adjective and noun), Old Saxon ubil, Old High German ubil, and Gothic ubils. The root meaning is of obscure origin though shown to be akin to modern English "over" and modern German über (OE ofer) and "up" (OE up, upp) with the basic idea of "transgressing".

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* ... If weakness may excuse, What Murderer, what Traitor, Parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it All Wickedness is Weakness That plea therefore With God or Man will gain thee no Remission. - John Milton

* If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life. - Benjamin Franklin

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  • Noah starring Russell Crowe shows human 'wickedness and goodness'
    'Noah' reflects the ''balance of wickedness and goodness'' every human has, says the film's producer.The biblical-based epic, which stars Russell... Read more on this news related to 'Wickedness'
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    Our psyche has been traumatised and turned from just being docile, passive and gullible to wickedness, lunatic fringe and psychoactive behavioural contagious mentality. Hence, most Nigerians have been impoverished, ruthlessly subjugated, notoriously corrupted, morally bankrupted by our visionless, greedy and buffoonery leadership and their uncanny stupendous lifes Read more on this news related to 'Wickedness'
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    Bristol Old Vic There's plenty to enjoy in this fairytale, including an ingeniously floating mermaid and plenty of panto-style wickedness The world in which writer Joel Horwood and the director Simon Godwin set their version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale is not a happy one. The kingdom under the sea where the Little Mermaid and her family live is Read more on this news related to 'Wickedness'

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