Definitions

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  • adj. Extremely wicked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Atrociously wicked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Atrociously wicked.

Etymologies

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Latin facinorōsus, from facinus ("deed, bad deed"), from faciō make, do.

Examples

  •     Vilely; with act impure stain'd the facinorous house.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Vilely; with act impure stain'd the facinorous house.

    The Poems and Fragments of Catullus

  • The body of Lucrece was brought into the market place, where the people wondred at the vilenesse of that facte, euery man complayning vppon the mischiefe of that facinorous rape, committed by Tarquinius.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1

  • It might work for its greater popularity if I argued the other way, making out that the subjects I have chosen were monsters of brutality, with arms up to the shoulders in blood, that they were prodigies of iniquity and cunning, without bowels, steeped in hypocrisy, facinorous to a degree never surpassed or even equalled by evil men.

    She Stands Accused

  • Nay, ’tis strange, ’tis very strange, that is the brief and the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit, that will not acknowledge it to be the—

    Act II. Scene III. All’s Well that Ends Well

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  • Hate - "Haters attack the enlightened".

    RonnieLaw 6917

    September 22, 2017

  • A nation thought noble and generous

    Looks threatening now and sinistrous.

    When governed by fear

    It's bound to appear

    No beacon of hope but facinorous.

    September 22, 2017

  • Future? Hell, let's use it now! ;-)

    October 3, 2007

  • The slang of a future generation, no doubt. "Did you see that hovcar? Ride was fassin'!"

    October 3, 2007

  • Extremely wicked.

    October 3, 2007