I did consult a dictionary/duden. Duden does not have an entry for "Schlimmste". This is why I am asking the question here:

In DWDS one always finds,

einer der schlimmsten.

But what is wrong with

einer der Schlimmstes?

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    See Wiktionary. We need a genitive plural here and schlimmstes is singular, accusative (neuter) in mixed declension, where weak declension is needed.
    – guidot
    Commented Aug 3, 2022 at 15:49
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    For further examples and some discussion of the construction with indefinite pronoun einer, eines, eine plus genitive plural, see: german.stackexchange.com/q/27608/35111 german.stackexchange.com/q/53079/35111 german.stackexchange.com/q/41091/35111
    – David Vogt
    Commented Aug 3, 2022 at 16:46
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    To clarify a bit, "Schlimmste" is not a normal noun, but a nominalized adjective, in other words an adjective that's been turned into a noun. They are declined like adjectives, so you wouldn't expect "Schlimmst-" to have an "-es" ending, not following a definite article and not in the genitive case.
    – RDBury
    Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 10:27


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