heinous

[ hey-nuhs ]
/ ˈheɪ nəs /

adjective

hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible: a heinous offense.

Nearby words

  1. heine-borel theorem,
  2. heine-medin disease,
  3. heinie,
  4. heinkel,
  5. heinlein,
  6. heinously,
  7. heinrich,
  8. heinz,
  9. heinz-ehrlich body,
  10. heir

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 Formsheinously, 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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Word Origin and History for heinous

heinous

adj.

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.

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