from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.
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- adj. infamous for being wicked
- adj. wicked or criminal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wicked in the extreme; heinous; abominable; atrociously sinful or villainous; detestably vile.
- Synonyms Nefarious, Execrable, Flagitious, Enormous, Villainous, Abominable, Horrible, atrocious, infamous, iniquitous, impious, dreadful, detestable. The first seven words characterize extreme wickedness. As with the words under atrocious, when loosely used they approach each other in meaning; hence only their primary meanings will be indicated here: nefarious, unspeakably wicked, impious; execrable, worthy of execration or cursing, utterly hateful; flagitious, proceeding from burning desire (as lust), grossly or brutally wicked or vile, enormous, not common in this sense except with a strong noun, as enormous wickedness, but sometimes meaning wicked beyond common measure; villainous, worthy of a villain, greatly criminal or capable of great crimes; abominable, loathsome in wickedness, the object of a religious detestation; horrible, exciting horror, mental agitation, or shrinking; shocking: it is less common as applied to moral conduct, See abandoned, atrocious, criminal, and irreligious.
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- adj. extremely wicked
Latin nefārius, from nefās, crime, transgression : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + fās, divine law; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)