nefarious

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From Latin nefārius (execrable, abominable), from nefas (something contrary to divine law, an impious deed, sin, crime), from ne- (not) + fas (the dictates of religion, divine law), related to for (I speak, I say), and cognate to φημί (phemi, I say).

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nefarious (comparative more nefarious, superlative most nefarious)

  1. infamous for being wicked
    The nefarious wizard was known for burning people alive during his secret rituals.
  2. sinful, villainous, criminal or (extremely) wicked
    The nefarious gangster was finally brought to justice.

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