badness badness  /ˈbæd nəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
  2. (n) used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
  3. (n) an attribute of mischievous children

Usage(s):

  1. These disco-loving Scottish art-school punks spend much of their second album boasting of their badness.
  2. In the NBA, badness is synonymous with coolness, and 25-year-old Wang is the baddest Chinese athlete in history.

News

  • Poll: Which Pac-12 offense rebounds?

    On Monday, we looked at the five worst offenses in the Pac-12 in 2012: Utah, Washington, California, Washington State and Colorado. The issue was not pointing out past badness but considering the potential for 2013 improvement. That included returning starters, the quarterback situation, offensive line starters back, star power and the biggest personnel loss. Here's our chart: We've already ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs

Quotes

  1. Asked just how bad the Budget measures would be, he said: "I do not see it as badness - I see it as decisive action to deal with Britain's record budget deficit." "We sit here as the country in Europe with the largest budget deficit of any...
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: George Osborne Source: Telegraph.co.uk

  2. "These days I am a much better person, because the doctors took all of the badness from my head," joked Ballesteros.
    on Jun 25, 2009 By: Seve Ballesteros Source: Xinhua

  3. "Mad, Bad and Sad" is, Appignanesi tells her readers, not only "the story of madness, badness and sadness and the ways in which we have understood them over the last 200 years," but also a survey of the mad, bad and sad themselves, the...
    on Apr 25, 2008 By: Lisa Appignanesi Source: International Herald Tribune

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