nefarious

[ ni-fair-ee-uhs ]
/ nɪˈfɛər i əs /

adjective

extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.

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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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Example sentences from the Web for nefariousness

  • Mary gratified her eager mind by careful studies in this chosen line of nefariousness.

    Within the Law|Marvin Dana
  • The nefariousness of the scheme thus revealed infuriated Barmouth.

  • There was a nefariousness about the new suggestion that proved very attractive in Blentmouth.

    Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for nefariousness

nefarious
/ (nɪˈfɛərɪəs) /

adjective

evil; wicked; sinful

Derived forms of nefarious

nefariously, adverbnefariousness, noun

Word Origin for nefarious

C17: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from not + fās divine law
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