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Meaning of heinous by Wiktionary Dictionary

heinous


    Etymology

    From Old French haineus ( compare French haineux ) from hair ( “to hate” ), of Germanic origin .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈheɪnəs/, /ˈhiːnəs/
    • Rhymes: -eɪnəs

    Adjective

    heinous ( comparative more heinous, superlative most heinous )

    1. Totally reprehensible .
      I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime .

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Explanation of heinous by Wordnet Dictionary

heinous


    Adjective
    1. extremely wicked, deeply criminal

    2. heinous accusations


    Definition of heinous by GCIDE Dictionary

    heinous


    1. Heinous ( hānŭs ), a. [OF. haïnos hateful, F. haineux, fr. OF. haïne hate, F. haine, fr. haïr to hate; of German origin. See Hate.] Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great offense; -- applied to deeds or to character.

      It were most heinous and accursed sacrilege. Hooker.

      How heinous had the fact been, how deserving

      Contempt! Milton.

      Syn. -- Monstrous; flagrant; flagitious; atrocious.

      -- Heinously, adv. -- Heinousness, n.