heinous

  • 1 heinous — hei·nous / hā nəs/ adj: enormously and shockingly evil a heinous crime hei·nous·ly adv hei·nous·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

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  • 2 Heinous — Hei nous (h[=a] n[u^]s), a. [OF. ha[ i]nos hateful, F. haineux, fr. OF. ha[ i]ne hate, F. haine, fr. ha[ i]r to hate; of German origin. See {Hate}.] Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great offense; applied to deeds or to …

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  • 3 heinous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utterly abhorrent and wicked: a heinous crime. DERIVATIVES heinously adverb heinousness noun. ORIGIN Old French haineus, from hair to hate …

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  • 4 heinous — [hā′nəs] adj. [ME hainous < OFr hainös (Fr haineux) < haine, hatred < hair, to hate < Frank * hatjan, akin to Ger hassen, HATE] outrageously evil or wicked; abominable [a heinous crime] SYN. OUTRAGEOUS heinously adv. heinousness n …

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  • 5 heinous — late 14c., from O.Fr. hainos inconvenient, awkward; hateful, unpleasant; odious (Mod.Fr. haineux), from haine hatred, from hair to hate, from Frankish *hatjan (Cf. O.S. haton, O.E. hatian to hate; see HATE (Cf. hate) (v.)). Related: Heinously …

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  • 6 heinous — *outrageous, atrocious, monstrous Analogous words: *flagrant, glaring, gross, rank: nefarious, flagitious, infamous (see vicious) Antonyms: venial Contrasted words: trivial, trifling, *petty, paltry …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 heinous — meaning ‘extremely wicked’, is pronounced hee nǝs …

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  • 8 heinous — [adj] horrifying, monstrous abhorrent, abominable, accursed, atrocious, awful, bad, beastly, crying, cursed, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant, frightful, godawful*, grave, gross*, hateful, hideous, horrendous, infamous, iniquitous, nefarious …

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  • 9 heinous — [[t]he͟ɪnəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something such as a crime as heinous, you mean that it is extremely evil or horrible. [FORMAL] Her life has been permanently blighted by his heinous crime... They are capable of the most… …

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  • 10 heinous — hei|nous [ˈheınəs] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: haineus, from haine hate ] 1.) very shocking and immoral ▪ a heinous crime 2.) AmE spoken informal extremely bad ▪ The food in the cafeteria is pretty heinous. >heinousness… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 heinous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French hainus, heinous, from haine hate, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German haz hate more at hate Date: 14th century hatefully or shockingly evil ; abominable • heinously …

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  • 12 heinous — heinously, adv. heinousness, n. /hay neuhs/, adj. hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense. [1325 75; ME heynous < MF haineus, equiv. to haine hatred (deriv. of haïr to HATE < Gmc) + eus OUS] Syn. wicked, infamous,… …

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  • 13 heinous — adj. Heinous is used with these nouns: ↑act, ↑crime, ↑offence, ↑sin …

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  • 14 heinous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. dreadful, abominable; atrocious, hateful, monstrous. See badness, hate. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. atrocious, horrendous, monstrous; see cruel 1 , frightful 1 , outrageous , wicked 2 . See Synonym… …

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  • 15 heinous — hei|nous [ heınəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL a heinous act or crime is extremely evil …

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  • 16 heinous — [ heɪnəs, hi:nəs] adjective utterly odious or wicked: a heinous crime. Derivatives heinously adverb heinousness noun Origin ME: from OFr. haineus, from hair to hate , of Gmc origin …

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  • 17 heinous — adjective formal very shocking and immoral: a heinous crime heinously adverb heinousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 heinous — adjective heinous crimes Syn: odious, wicked, evil, atrocious, monstrous, abominable, detestable, contemptible, reprehensible, despicable, egregious, horrific, terrible, awful, abhorrent, loathsome, hideous, unspeakable …

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  • 19 heinous — UK [ˈheɪnəs] / US adjective very formal a heinous act or crime is extremely evil …

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  • 20 heinous — [ˈheɪnəs] adj very formal a heinous act or crime is extremely evil …

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