- extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.
Origin of nefarious
1595–1605; < Latin nefārius wicked, vile, equivalent to nefās offense against divine or moral law (ne- negative prefix + fās law, right) + -ius -ious, with intervocalic s > r
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flagitious, heinous, infamous; vile, atrocious, execrable.
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Examples from the Web for nefariousness
Mary gratified her eager mind by careful studies in this chosen line of nefariousness.Within the Law
There was a nefariousness about the new suggestion that proved very attractive in Blentmouth.Tristram of Blent
The nefariousness of the scheme thus revealed infuriated Barmouth.The Intrusions of Peggy
- evil; wicked; sinful
C17: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from nē not + fās divine law
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Word Origin and History for nefariousness
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