heinous

[hey-nuhs]
adjective
hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English heynous < Middle French haineus, equivalent to haine hatred (derivative of haïr to hate < Germanic) + -eus -ous

heinously, adverb
heinousness, noun
nonheinous, adjective
nonheinously, adverb
nonheinousness, noun


wicked, infamous, flagrant, flagitious, atrocious, villainous, nefarious.


admirable.
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heinous (ˈheɪnəs, ˈhiː-)
 
adj
evil; atrocious
 
[C14: from Old French haineus, from haine hatred, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; see hate]
 
'heinously
 
adv
 
'heinousness
 
n

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heinous
late 14c., from O.Fr. haineus (Fr. haineux), from haine "hatred," from hair "to hate," from Frankish *hatjan (cf. O.S. haton, O.E. hatian "to hate").
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heinous definition


  1. n.
    bad; bad-looking; horrible, as in heinous crime. (A standard English word, used in a slangy context.) : Where on earth did you get hat heinous outfit?
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Example sentences
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.
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