heinous

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From Middle English hainous, 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.
    • 2021 October 12, Jamie Lyall, “Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Perhaps burdened by the weight of history, talk of the heinous 2-2 draw in 2002, or the magnitude of the fixture, Scotland seemed spooked in the early throes.

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

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