nefarious
adjective Etymology: Latin nefarius, from nefas crime, from ne- not + fas right, divine law; perhaps akin to Greek themis law, tithenai to place — more at do Date: circa 1609 flagrantly wicked or impious ; evil Synonyms: see viciousnefariously adverb

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  • Nefarious — may refer to: Nefarious, an alias for rapper X Raided Nefarious, the bassist and vocalist for the band Macabre Nefarious , a song by Spoon from their 1996 album Telephono It may also refer to: Count Nefarious, a character in Toonstruck Dr.… …   Wikipedia

  • Nefarious — Ne*fa ri*ous, a. [L. nefarius, fr. nefas crime, wrong; ne not + fas divine law; akin to fari to speak. See {No}, adv., and {Fate}.] Wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nefarious — I adjective abominable, arrant, bad, base, confounded, contemptible, corrupt, criminal, degenerate, deplorable, depraved, despicable, detestable, devilish, diabolical, discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, dissolute, dreadful, evil, execrable …   Law dictionary

  • nefarious — (adj.) c.1600, from L. nefarius wicked, abominable, impious, from nefas crime, wrong, impiety, from ne not (see UN (Cf. un) ) + fas right, lawful, divinely spoken, related to fari to speak (see FAME (Cf. fame) (n.)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • nefarious — iniquitous, flagitious, infamous, corrupt, degenerate, *vicious, villainous Analogous words: heinous, *outrageous, atrocious, monstrous: *flagrant, glaring, gross, rank …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nefarious — [adj] bad, sinful abominable, atrocious, base, corrupt, criminal, degenerate, depraved, detestable, dreadful, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant, foul, glaring, gross, heinous, horrible, infamous, infernal, iniquitous, miscreant, monstrous,… …   New thesaurus

  • nefarious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ wicked or criminal. ORIGIN from Latin nefas wrong …   English terms dictionary

  • nefarious — [nə fer′ē əs] adj. [L nefarius < nefas, crime, sin < ne , not + fas, (divine) law, lawful] very wicked; villainous; iniquitous nefariously adv. nefariousness n …   English World dictionary

  • nefarious — [[t]nɪfe͟əriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe an activity as nefarious, you mean that it is wicked and immoral. [LITERARY] Why make a whole village prisoner if it was not to some nefarious purpose? Syn: heinous …   English dictionary

  • nefarious — nefariously, adv. nefariousness, n. /ni fair ee euhs/, adj. extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot. [1595 1605; < L nefarius wicked, vile, equiv. to nefas offense against divine or moral law (ne negative prefix + fas law,… …   Universalium

  • nefarious — adjective infamous for being wicked The nefarious wizard was known for burning people alive during his secret rituals. Syn: evil, vicious, wicked …   Wiktionary

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