• The sea-maiden with a wicked face
    The sea-maiden with a wicked face
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wicked intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality "severe pain","a severe case of flu","a terrible cough","under wicked fire from the enemy's guns","a wicked cough"
    • adj wicked highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust "a disgusting smell","distasteful language","a loathsome disease","the idea of eating meat is repellent to me","revolting food","a wicked stench"
    • adj wicked having committed unrighteous acts "a sinful person"
    • adj wicked naughtily or annoyingly playful "teasing and worrying with impish laughter","a wicked prank"
    • adj wicked morally bad in principle or practice
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible."
    • Wicked Cursed; baneful; hurtful; bad; pernicious; dangerous. "Wicked dew.""This were a wicked way, but whoso had a guide."
    • Wicked Evil in principle or practice; deviating from morality; contrary to the moral or divine law; addicted to vice or sin; sinful; immoral; profligate; -- said of persons and things; as, a wicked king; a wicked woman; a wicked deed; wicked designs. "Hence, then, and evil go with thee along,
      Thy offspring, to the place of evil, hell,
      Thou and thy wicked crew!"
      "Never, never, wicked man was wise."
    • a Wicked wĭkt Having a wick; -- used chiefly in composition; as, a two-wicked lamp.
    • Wicked Ludicrously or sportively mischievous; disposed to mischief; roguish. "Pen looked uncommonly wicked ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • wicked Evil in principle or practice; deviating from the divine or the moral law; addicted to vice; depraved; vicious; sinful; immoral; bad; wrong; iniquitous: a word of comprehensive signification, including everything that is contrary to the moral law, and applied both to persons and to their acts: as, a wicked man; a wicked deed; wicked ways; wicked lives; a wicked heart; wicked designs; wicked works.
    • wicked Vile; baneful; pernicious; noxious.
    • wicked Troublesome; difficult; hard; painful; unfavorable; disagreeable.
    • wicked Mischievous; prone or disposed to mischief, often good-natured mischief; roguish: as, a wicked urchin.
    • wicked Synonyms Illegal, Immoral, etc. (see criminal), Heinous, Infamous, etc. (see atrocious), unrighteous, profane, ungodly, godless, impious, unprincipled, vile, abandoned, prolligate.
    • n wicked A wicked person; one who is or those who are wicked.
    • wicked Quick; active.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The wick of a trick candle has small amounts of magnesium in them. When you light the candle, you are also lighting the magnesium. When someone tries to blow out the flame, the magnesium inside the wick continues to burn and, in just a split second (or two or three), relights the wick.
    • adj Wicked wik′ed evil in principle or practice: deviating from morality: sinful: ungodly: mischievous:
    • n Wicked (B.) a wicked person, (pl.) wicked persons collectively
    • adj Wicked wik′ed (prov.) active, brisk
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  • John Donne
    “Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.”
  • Pittacus
    “That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.”
  • Bible
    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”
  • Aristotle
    “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive.”


No peace for the wicked - Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No rest for the wicked' is also used.)
No rest for the wicked - Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No peace for the wicked' is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wicked, fr. wicke, wicked; probably originally the same word as wicche, wizard, witch. See Witch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. a pa.p. with the sense 'rendered evil' from wikken, to make evil, wikke, bad; A.S. wicca, wizard.


In literature:

But has ta heeard abaat that barrel o' ale runnin away throo old Nipsomes tother wick?
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
Aw wish aw could; but tha knows 'ther's noa rest for the wicked,' soa what can ta expect.
"Yorkshire Tales. Third Series" by John Hartley
No; for lawlessness would be horrible, and the wicked would kill all the good.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Again: the wicked stronghold of Jericho had been utterly destroyed.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer
Wicked priests and wicked judges poisoned him; is it by priests and judges that you have been so cruelly assassinated?
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Oh, why did not that wicked Maggie come!
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Nothing but the indulgence of this wicked, violent temper.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
Meantime it would be wicked for me to increase the agitation already here, and where I must be the comforter.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
It is always the wild and wicked men who attract us.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
Do you think, dear, that if I were in a novel they would have me for a heroine or a wicked adventuress?
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

In poetry:

I could believe your lips in darkness,
The wicked magic of your bed,
But though the words you spoke were honest,
I did not credit what you said.
""You used to say to me "I love you!"..."" by Konstantin Simonov
Think, how the righteous shall enjoy
Eternal bliss! their sole employ,
Their great Creator's praise to tell;
Whilst all the wicked broil in hell!
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Such flames as high in patriots burn,
Yet stoop to bless a child or wife;
And such as wicked kings may mourn,
When freedom is more dear than life.
"Verses Left" by Alexander Pope
But such things too easily move us,
When we're lonely and wicked and dumb,
Some teaching would surely improve us.
Well, I'll go home to sleep-a-hum!
"The Old Mountain Troll" by Gustaf Froding
Welcome to earth, Thou noble Guest,
Through Whom e'en wicked men are blest!
Thou com’st to share our misery,
What can we render, Lord, to Thee!
"From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" by Martin Luther
Dragging wood, with rapture be it done,
'Tis the seed of many an earthly sun;
Plucking Pambeh, gladly may ye say:--
This, as wick, the Holy will convey.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Everyone knows about the mega-musical "Wicked," and its mean, green witch, Elphaba.
The war in the Pacific during WWII was wicked and harrowing, with the Japanese owning the ocean for the first part of the conflict.
Chattanooga Theatre Centre offering a wickedly wonderful new production.
Don't everybody rush this place for a wicked plate of seafood stir-fried with chilies, garlic and basil.
Russ Wicks knows how to move fast -- faster than anyone else, in fact.
Cheeky newscaster puppet has wicked sense of humor.
In Tyria, something wicked this way comes.
For bike geeks with taste, Outlier makes casualwear, like the Three Way Shorts (pictured), that wicks away moisture.
It has tech-dry and anti-bacterial fabric that delivers superior moisture wicking.
A Freshly Powdered Wick Stops By.
Art Illman/for Daily News and Wicked Local.
Playbill recently stopped by 54 Below for a peek at a new show songsmith Jason Robert Brown is preparing with Wicked 's Shoshana Bean.
Wicked at the Oriental Theatre.
In the mainstream, New York duo Dead Prez is best known for the hit single "Hip Hop," which, in addition to having a wickedly catchy hook, served as the intro music for Chappelle's Show.
Fresh from a sold-out run on Broadway, Gina Gionfriddo's wicked comedy "Becky Shaw," is now playing at South Coast Repertory.

In science:

A Wick rotation to Euclidean space has been performed in the first line.
Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory
Grassmannian fields ξ (z) with hξ (z)ξ (z ′ )iu=0 = K (z , z ′ ) and expand Z [1 + u] using the fermionic Wick theorem to obtain all correlation functions.
Symplectic Structure of the Real Ginibre Ensemble
Chaos Expansions, Fractional Brownian Motion, Generalized Random Fields, Malliavin Calculus, Wick Product. S. V.
From Random Processes to Generalized Fields: A Unified Approach to Stochastic Integration
Section 3 introduces the chaos expansion and the Wick product, both necessary for the definition and analysis in Section 4 of the stochastic integrals with random integrands.
From Random Processes to Generalized Fields: A Unified Approach to Stochastic Integration
We conclude the section with a brief discussion of the Wick product, as we will need this product to define X(f ) for random f .
From Random Processes to Generalized Fields: A Unified Approach to Stochastic Integration