nefarious

[ ni-fair-ee-uhs ]
/ nɪˈfɛər i əs /

adjective

extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.

Origin of nefarious

1595–1605; < Latin nefārius wicked, vile, equivalent to nefās offense against divine or moral law (ne- negative prefix + fās law, right) + -ius -ious, with intervocalic s > r
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nefarious

/ (nɪˈfɛərɪəs) /

adjective

evil; wicked; sinful
Derived Formsnefariously, adverbnefariousness, noun

Word Origin for nefarious

C17: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from not + fās divine law
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Word Origin and History for nefarious

nefarious


adj.

c.1600, from Latin nefarius "wicked, abominable, impious," from nefas "crime, wrong, impiety," from ne- "not" (see un-) + fas "right, lawful, divinely spoken," related to fari "to speak" (see fame (n.)). Related: Nefariously.

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