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 character. [1913 Webster]

It were most heinous and accursed sacrilege. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

How heinous had the fact been, how deserving Contempt! --Milton.

Syn: Monstrous; flagrant; flagitious; atrocious. -- {Hei"nous*ly}, adv. -- {Hei"nous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • heinously — adv. wickedly, abominably, despicably …   English contemporary dictionary

  • heinously — hei·nous·ly …   English syllables

  • 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,… …   Universalium

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  • 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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