One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that is evil or morally wrong.‘he has behaved wickedly’‘Lucy was wickedly and savagely murdered’
- ‘He is also pitted against Colin Farrell's wickedly psychotic Bullseye, and - on occasion - even his love interest, Jennifer Garner's Elektra.’
- ‘The jurors of our sovereign lord and lady present that he hath wickedly and feloniously used certain detestable arts, called witchcraft and sorceries.’
- ‘In Hindi, a man who behaves wickedly is described as behaving like Ravana, and the effigies of Ravana that are burnt at Dusshera mark the triumph of good over evil.’
- ‘If a man lives wickedly, he shall suffer.’
- ‘She had even more cause for concern as her son's peers were none other than the wickedly decadent court of Charles II!’
- 1.1 In a way that is unpleasant or capable of causing harm.‘long wickedly curved claws’
2In a playfully mischievous manner.‘Jane grabbed her foot to tickle and grinned wickedly’as submodifier ‘her wickedly funny memoirs of life on a tiny island’
- ‘She backed away a step, smiling wickedly.’
- ‘Truth be told, the show is so wickedly clever it can stand toe-to-toe with the best of any American sitcom on record.’
- ‘Able only to mumble coded secrets, poets often seem the village idiots so wickedly satirized by Woody Allen's Love and Death.’
- ‘Her wickedly observant songwriting is always entertaining, whether you're nursing a hangover or creating one.’
- ‘The 1970 musical Purlie wickedly lampooned a southern segregationist.’
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