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Definition of the noun badness

What does badness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: badnesses

  1. that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of badness: bad
    • antonym of badness: goodness
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific words:
      • unworthiness = the quality or state of lacking merit or value
      • undesirability = the quality possessed by something that should be avoided
      • worse = something inferior in quality or condition or effect
      • evil = that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
      • unsoundness = not mentally or physically healthy
      • liability = the quality of being something that holds you back
      • inadvisability = the quality of being ill-advised
  2. used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
  3. an attribute of mischievous children

Alternative definition of the noun badness


  1. The quality of being bad.


"Badness" is the third album released by British jazz fusion duo Morrissey–Mullen. Released in 1981, it entered the UK Album Charts on 18 July 1981 at no. 65, eventually reaching no. 57.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Badness

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Google previewSynonyms Discriminated (1889)

A Dictionary of Synonymous Words in the English Language, Illustrated with Quotations from Standard Writers by Charles John Smith

Badness is a quality ; evil is that quality as it is judged of and recognized, or forecast by rational and intelligent beings. That is evil which...

Google previewThe McCabe Reader (2016)

by Brian Davies, Paul Kucharski

So, badness is a negative thing. Please notice carefully that this does not mean that a bad washing machine always has to have a part missing: it is not negative in that sense. A washing machine may be bad not only because it has too little, ...

Google previewRights and Reason (2013)

Essays in Honor of Carl Wellman by Marilyn Friedman, Larry May, K. Parsons, J. Stiff

Badness is a matter of degree, and often something a long way less than wholehearted dedication to the good has to be tolerated for the sake of peace and quiet, and for the sake of the civil liberty that can nurture moral autonomy. But where ...

Google previewThe Nature of God (2005)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion by Gerard Hughes

The claim is that strictly speaking, nothing straightforwardly causes badness, since badness is a lack, ...

Google previewBad Language (2005)

Are Some Words Better Than Others? by Edwin Battistella

badness is a much more complex phenomenon than it first appears to be. In developing this position, it is necessary to consider (and reject) alternatives. The chief alternative is the notion that good language is a simple matter of following the ...

Google previewAmerican Tricksters (2014)

Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche by William J. Jackson

self- delusion, unawareness of one's own hidden motives, assuming one is all good because one vocally denies and condemns all badness is a simpleminded ...

Google previewEpictetus (2002)

A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life by A. A. Long

Thus, death as such is merely natural; its badness is a human overlay. This rationalistic analysis of emotions and evaluations implies that they themselves, and the judgements on which they depend, are completely in our power, up to us, ...

Google previewFocalóir Gaoidhilge-sax-bhéarla Or an Irish-English Dictionary. ... (1768)

by John O'Brien

Olcas, naughtiness, badness.

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

See BADNESS, INEXPEDIENCE, IMPERFECTION. Ant.,GOOD. badge,n. emblem, sign. See INDICATION. badger,v.t. nag, pester, tease. See DISCONTENT. badmouth,v.t., slang speak ill of, put down, trash, dis. See DISAPPROBATION.

Google previewA Dictionary Hindustani and English (1834)

by John Shakespear

Badness of acts. p- <*> bad-parhez-1, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Wickedness; badness, s. State of wanting rain, s. The state of being guilty, s. - Badness; actual offences, s. - - - - Narrowness; smalness, s. - Delicacy j squeamishness, s. -- Airiness; flutter; genteelness, s. ...-. Quality of being sooty, s. -- Vanity ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Psychology Set (2015)

by Robin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld

badness; and/or (c) unconditional ...

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A long dispute has been forgoten by love, or sometimes a long time of goodness has been forgotten by one badness.
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Scrabble value of B3A1D2N1E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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