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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
Related formshei·nous·ly, adverbhei·nous·ness, nounnon·hei·nous, adjectivenon·hei·nous·ly, adverbnon·hei·nous·ness, noun

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Related Words for heinously

grotesquely, heinously, hideously, badly, brutally, cruelly

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  1. 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 heinously



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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