Origin of heinous
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|Chris Allbritton|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Cliff Schecter|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Creede Newton|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is even, it has been deemed, “annoying on Instagram,” that most contemporary of heinous crimes.
Better a lasting break than the wild hubbub that would spring up if they both remained out till the heinous hour she contemplated.The Revellers|Louis Tracy
Pardon in the meantime would be granted for the heinous offences committed.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)|Richard Bagwell
It was not a heinous sin, nor would it affect his moral character.A Final Reckoning|G. A. Henty
And in some it is brought in by some heinous sin, the sight of which they cannot bear, when conscience is but once awakened.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
The King summoned his brother, in order to force him to explain so heinous a crime.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete|Madame La Marquise De Montespan
British Dictionary definitions for heinous
Word Origin for heinous
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.