American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hateful; odious; reprehensible.
- Hence Reprehensibly great; enormous; aggravated: sometimes used (in a similar sense) of persons.
- Synonyms Wicked, Infamous, etc. (see atrocious); flagitious, dreadful, horrible.
- adj. Totally reprehensible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great offense; -- applied to deeds or to character.
- adj. extremely wicked, deeply criminal
- From Old French haineus (compare French haineux) from haïr ("to hate"), of Germanic origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French haineus, from haine, hatred, from hair, to hate, from Frankish *hatjan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Turkey's foreign ministry condemned what it called a "heinous assassination.”
“Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said she was outraged by what she called a "heinous" bombing.”
“He described what he called the heinous nature of the crime, insisting that a troubled past couldn't justify Komisarjevsky's actions.”
“The family of the 22-year-old suspect in the mass shooting in Arizona is expressing sorrow for what they called heinous events.”
“Meckel, a former Army commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, is offering a cash reward to anyone who has information about the shooting, which he called heinous and malicious.”
“Just as heinous is that every year, more and more municipal governments pretend that they plant these all-seeing menaces in the interest of “safety.””
“The truth is, Barack Obama supports the death penalty for certain heinous crimes, and he led the effort to reform the death penalty system to ensure that it's administered fairly and that convictions stand in court.”
“Any crime, however heinous, is in principle to be blamed on antecedent conditions acting through the accused's physiology, heredity and environment, said Dawkins.”
“Any crime, however heinous, is in principle to be blamed on antecedent conditions acting through the accused's physiology, heredity and environment.”
“Any crime, however heinous, is in principle to be blamed on antecedent conditions acting through the accused's physiology, heredity and environment”
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