wicked

Wicked has two quite contradictory meanings. If something is pure evil, then it is wicked. Think Darth Vader. On the other hand, as an informal slang term, wicked also means excellent — as in "that DJ is wicked, man!" Go figure.

Other shades of meaning for wicked include something that is playful or enjoyably malicious. Someone might have a wicked sense of humor, for example, meaning it's fierce and takes aim sharply at its victims. Or it can also mean something that, while not actively evil, is still extremely unpleasant. Exams can be wicked, and so can someone's temper or the weather. The word comes from the Old English term wicca meaning "wizard."

DEFINITIONS OF: wicked

1

adj having committed unrighteous acts

Synonyms:
sinful, unholy
unrighteous
not righteous

adj morally bad in principle or practice

Synonyms
evil
morally bad or wrong
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
impious
lacking piety or reverence for a god
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
unrighteous
not righteous
evil, vicious
having the nature of vice
heavy
(of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
flagitious, heinous
extremely wicked, deeply criminal
iniquitous, sinful, ungodly
characterized by iniquity; wicked because it is believed to be a sin
irreclaimable, irredeemable, unredeemable, unreformable
insusceptible of reform
nefarious, villainous
extremely wicked
peccable, peccant
liable to sin
Antonyms:
virtuous
morally excellent
chaste
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
good
morally admirable
moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
pious
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
righteous
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
impeccable
not capable of sin
impeccant, innocent, sinless
free from sin
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adj intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

“under wicked fire from the enemy's guns”
“a wicked cough”
Synonyms:
severe, terrible
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

adj naughtily or annoyingly playful

“a wicked prank”
Synonyms:
arch, impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish
playful
full of fun and high spirits

adj highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

“a wicked stench”
Synonyms:
disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, yucky
offensive
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
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