heinous

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From Old French haïneus (compare French haineux) from haïr (to hate), hadir (to hate)(compare Old French enhadir (to become filled with hate)), from Frankish *hattjan (to hate)

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heinous (comparative more heinous, superlative most heinous)

  1. Totally reprehensible.
    I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.
    The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice.

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  • Nouns to which "heinous" is often applied: crime, act, sin, murder, offence.

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