Origin of nefarious
Examples from the Web for nefarious
Sometimes politicians oppose reform for nefarious reasons—to protect a special interest or a major donor, for example.
Rumors swirled that the McStays had gone into Mexico and were involved in nefarious dealings with drug cartels.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Green-Wood is more famous for its nefarious residents, those of the drug-peddling, political-swindling, hit-men variety.
Greece claims they were looted from the Parthenon by a nefarious British Indiana Jones character in the early 1800s.
In the past year, 29 African rangers were killed protecting wildlife from nefarious hunters.
First you have the temerity to carry out something approaching a theft, a common and nefarious business.King of Ranleigh|F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
Detailed for course of bombing instruction; and between these dates I learn much concerning these nefarious love-tokens.In the Line of Battle|Various
Plain, too, was the fact that Higginbotham was engaged in some nefarious enterprise.The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards|Gerald Breckenridge
So it was Shaughnessy's good fortune, for his nefarious ends, that most men refused to take him too seriously.The Lash|Olin L. Lyman
"The public demands that your nefarious trust be compelled to recognize its rights," Cosden replied smiling.The Bachelors|William Dana Orcutt
Word Origin for nefarious
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.