heinous

[ hey-nuhs ]
/ ˈheɪ nəs /

adjective

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

QUIZZES

IS YOUR DESERT PLANT KNOWLEDGE SUCCULENT OR DRIED UP?

Cactus aficionados, don't get left in the dust with this quiz on desert plants. Find out if you have the knowledge to survive this prickly foray into the desert!
Question 1 of 7
This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?

Origin of heinous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM heinous

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for heinous

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012