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heinous

[hey-nuh s] /ˈheɪ nəs/
adjective
1.
hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible:
a heinous offense.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
wicked, infamous, flagrant, flagitious, atrocious, villainous, nefarious.
Antonyms
admirable.
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British Dictionary definitions for heinousness

heinous

/ˈheɪnəs; ˈhiː-/
adjective
1.
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 heinousness

heinous

adj.

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 heinousness

heinous

adjective

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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