- hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense.
Origin of heinous
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Examples from the Web for heinous
“Today, we are before a heinous crime the likes of which are unprecedented in our safe country,” he said.Abu Dhabi Treats U.S. Teacher’s Murder as Terrorist Attack
December 4, 2014
How was he and the brothers Bridgman found guilty, without any physical evidence tying them to this heinous crime?For Ricky Jackson, a Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late
November 26, 2014
The Israeli response to the heinous crimes committed by Palestinians often seems overkill.Intifada 3.0: Growing Unrest and a Plot to Kill an Israeli Minister
November 21, 2014
Purists sometimes seem to think that disregarding rules about prepositions is as heinous as torturing children.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
She is even, it has been deemed, “annoying on Instagram,” that most contemporary of heinous crimes.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
Can a little coquetry in a good cause be such a heinous offence?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
This is the twenty-seventh time we've had you up for this heinous, fearsome crime.Mixed Faces
It was not a heinous sin, nor would it affect his moral character.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
It was an error of artistry that he had committed; a heinous crime!The Yellow Claw
I call Thee to witness, my God, that I have considered how heinous has been my sin.Thais
- evil; atrocious
Word Origin and History for heinous
late 14c., from Old French hainos "inconvenient, awkward; hateful, unpleasant; odious" (Modern French haineux), from haine "hatred," from hair "to hate," from Frankish *hatjan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old English hatian "to hate;" see hate (v.)). Related: Heinously; heinousness.