heinous

[ hey-nuhs ]
/ ˈheɪ nəs /

adjective

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

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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heinous

/ (ˈheɪnəs, ˈhiː-) /

adjective

evil; atrocious

Derived Forms

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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