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- n. The property of being heinous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or quality of being heinous; odiousness; enormity: as, the heinousness of a vice or crime.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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The problem isn’t the Grahams, or the Sulzbergers, or even the Moon family (not to defend them, but their heinousness is just incidental).
He had previously pointed out in express terms the heinousness of the crime, when he said that those who should eat unworthily would be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord Now he alarms them, by denouncing punishment; for there are many that are not affected with the sin itself; unless they are struck down by the judgment of God.
Instead of sending him, as it is customary to send culprits, in the boats to witness the execution of his shipmates, he ordered him into his cabin, and having represented in the mildest and most feeling terms the heinousness of the crime which he was known to have committed, he assured him that it was his intention to spare him the anguish he must endure of beholding his late companions suffering the last penalty of the law for the very crime of which he had been guilty.
But if they ` re going to go after the death penalty here they ` ve got to show premeditation, deliberation and they ` ve got to show some kind of heinousness, something that justifies the most severe punishment that we know in American law.
Since then the character has swung back to, then gone beyond, the heinousness of his original incarnation.
That employees of other school systems may also victimize children does not excuse or mitigate the heinousness of pedophilia, no matter who employs the kiddie-diddlers.
Perhaps because it’s assumed that they are mentally ill “fanatic” en masse, that being “a loner” isn’t part of their culture, and that individuality is not one of their strong points, the heinousness of the act is focused upon rather than the potentially damaged nature of the individual who acted.
I wasted far too much time pounding on it, kicking it, cursing Raziel, since I knew he, not Sarah, was to blame for this particular heinousness.
Conlin's brief column does not concern itself with the guilt or innocence of Sandusky, the heinousness of the alleged crimes or even the apparent complicity of so many at State College.
The heinousness of his crimes and the magnitude of their loss makes his summary execution just.