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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
But the precious humanity of the female characters who persevere through the most heinous circumstances holds us captive.
His administration is not focusing on deporting people who have committed particularly heinous crimes, gang members, or people with criminal records.
Defense attorney Mark Lavelle said in court that Perry's was the most heinous case he'd ever handled, yet argued his client should be sentenced to between 15 and 16 years in prison.
Over the course of the sophomore installment, it is revealed the way rapist Bryce (Justin Prentice) used his army of protectors and enablers to get away with his heinous crimes.
Sachdev explained that people crave so much information on the shooters and naturally want to know why the person committed a heinous act.
Some are serving life sentences for heinous crimes.
All so that those around them can feel more comfortable when faced with the realities of such a heinous act.
Candace Creech was spooked to learn that the man who used to pick up and drop off her daughter is accused of such heinous crimes.
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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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