- hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense.
Origin of heinous
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Examples from the Web for heinously
Most heinously of all, she carried pictures of Western pop stars, notably Celine Dion, on her mobile phone.Women in Timbuktu Were Singled Out During al Qaeda Occupation
February 4, 2013
Little did I know why you took a joke on your cousin so heinously amiss!The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Those commands were very exceptional that were in Falstaff's condition, "heinously unprovided with a thief."Campfire and Battlefield
God grant, my dearest young lady, that he may not have so heinously offended you that you cannot forgive him!Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)
With a fair trial he will be found guilty, though not so heinously criminal as many suppose.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
There is no one article of this world's comforts with which, as Falstaff says, they are so heinously unprovided.The Works of William Cowper
- evil; atrocious
Word Origin and History for heinously
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.