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. adjective
    having committed unrighteous acts
    synonyms: sinful, unholy
    unrighteous
    not righteous
  2. adjective
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    naughtily or annoyingly playful
    “a wicked prank”
    synonyms: arch, impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish
    playful
    full of fun and high spirits
  5. adjective
    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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