adjective \ˈhā-nəs\

: very bad or evil : deserving of hate or contempt

Full Definition of HEINOUS

:  hatefully or shockingly evil :  abominable
hei·nous·ly adverb
hei·nous·ness noun

Examples of HEINOUS

  1. These murders were especially heinous.
  2. people accused of committing heinous crimes
  3. While admittedly the crimes rappers commit have often been more heinous than those committed by other entertainers, rappers seem to face more opprobrium. Though hip hop has become mainstream, much of mass media still has antiquated ideas of rap music and rappers. —Vibe, May 2001

Origin of HEINOUS

Middle English, from Anglo-French hainus, heinous, from haine hate, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German haz hate — more at hate
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with HEINOUS


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