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[hey-nuh s] /ˈheɪ nəs/
hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible:
a heinous offense.
Origin of heinous
1325-75; Middle English heynous < Middle French haineus, equivalent to haine hatred (derivative of haïr to hate < Germanic) + -eus -ous
Related forms
heinously, adverb
heinousness, noun
nonheinous, adjective
nonheinously, adverb
nonheinousness, noun
wicked, infamous, flagrant, flagitious, atrocious, villainous, nefarious.
admirable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heinous
  • The most heinous crime of all is to forget to replace a record in its cover immediately after use.
  • Paul betrays the family's trust with a heinous act.
  • The criminal at the heart of bestseller Margolin's unsatisfying 10th thriller is particularly heinous.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that a video game drives people to commit heinous crimes.
  • Only in the heat of battle does he exhibit sociopathic expertise in heinous and horrifying ways.
  • Anderson predicts that someday, standard corporate practice of today will be remembered as heinous criminal behavior.
  • Do not think me guilty of the heinous crime of forgetting
  • They must be brought to justice for this barbaric and heinous act.
  • Maybe what he's done is so heinous that you'd like him to waste away, writhing with some horrible condition.
  • They utterly refute the suppositions posited in this heinous article.
British Dictionary definitions for heinous


/ˈheɪnəs; ˈhiː-/
evil; atrocious
Derived Forms
heinously, adverb
heinousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French haineus, from haine hatred, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; see hate
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Word Origin and History for heinous

late 14c., from Old French hainos "inconvenient, awkward; hateful, unpleasant; odious" (Modern French haineux), from haine "hatred," from hair "to hate," from Frankish *hatjan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old English hatian "to hate;" see hate (v.)). Related: Heinously; heinousness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for heinous



Bad; crappy, gross, lame (1980s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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