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heinous

[ hey-nuhs ]
/ ˈheɪ nəs /
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Definition of heinous

adjective
hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense.
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Origin of heinous

1325–75; Middle English heynous<Middle French haineus, equivalent to haine hatred (derivative of haïr to hate <Germanic ) + -eus-ous

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British Dictionary definitions for heinous

heinous
/ (ˈheɪnəs, ˈhiː-) /

adjective
evil; atrocious

Derived forms of heinous

heinously, adverbheinousness, noun

Word Origin for heinous

C14: from Old French haineus, from haine hatred, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; see hate
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