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nefarious

[ni-fair-ee-uhs]
adjective
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin nefārius wicked, vile, equivalent to nefās offense against divine or moral law (ne- negative prefix + fās law, right) + -ius -ious, with intervocalic s > r

nefariously, adverb
nefariousness, noun
unnefarious, adjective
unnefariously, adverb
unnefariousness, noun


flagitious, heinous, infamous; vile, atrocious, execrable.


good, honest.
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nefarious (nɪˈfɛərɪəs)
 
adj
evil; wicked; sinful
 
[C17: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from not + fās divine law]
 
ne'fariously
 
adv
 
ne'fariousness
 
n

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nefarious
1604, from L. nefarius "wicked, abominable," from nefas "crime, wrong, impiety," from ne- "not" (see un-) + fas "right, lawful, divinely spoken," related to fari "to speak" (see fame).
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