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Examples of heinous in a Sentence
- 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
- The verdict … also defined rape for the first time as a crime against humanity, one of the most heinous crimes. The tribunal has previously tried cases involving rape, but defined the rape as torture. —Marlise Simons, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2001
- It's hard enough to figure out what a defendant was thinking when he committed the heinous and bizarre act that has made him a candidate for the insanity defense. And state of mind is what the insanity defense is all about. —Laura Mansnerus, New York Times Book Review, 26 Oct. 1997
These murders were especially heinous.
people accused of committing heinous crimes
Recent Examples of heinous from the Web
The YouTube shooter’s heinous actions had nothing to do with her nationality or her religion.
First and foremost, these were particularly heinous and brutal crimes.
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Among the aggravating factors are that the murder was especially cruel, heinous or depraved; that it was committed for monetary gain; that there were multiple murders; that the victim was a child; and so on.
Through his personal experience of anxiety, Cross imagines unspeakably heinous acts of violence.
America has spent more than a century and a half not dealing with the heinous institution that attempted to make beasts of men.
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Did You Know?
Humans have contrasted love with hate and good with evil for eons, putting love and good on one side and hate and evil on the other. The etymology of heinous reflects the association of hate with that which is evil or horrible. During the 14th century, English borrowed "heinous" from the Middle French haine, meaning "hate." Over time English speakers came to use the word to reflect the sense of horror evoked by intense hatred.
HEINOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heinous for English Language Learners
: very bad or evil : deserving of hate or contempt
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