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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