heinous was our Word of the Day on 04/15/2013. Hear the podcast!
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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
Despite her admittance of fault, many, including Selma director Ava DuVernay find her compliance with the heinous crime too egregious to forgive.
The heinous crime drew international media attention — and on July 1, the 50-year-old police chief became the face of a shocked and grieving city.
Rommelmann spent seven years trying to understand how a mother could commit such a heinous crime, combing through thousands of records and documents and interviewing Stott-Smith's friends and family.
But on Friday, the Ohio Parole Board found that evidence of Tibbetts' childhood would not have outweighed the heinous crime – even if Geiger and other jurors had all the details.
Onfroy certainly isn’t the first artist accused of heinous crimes – and sadly won’t be the last – and whatever legacy his music may have will forever be cemented alongside the horrible accusations lobbied against him.
The gargantuan, heinous policy that was the Final Solution remained private.
Police arrested 18 people, including Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, who were jailed for the heinous crime of waiting while black.
But the precious humanity of the female characters who persevere through the most heinous circumstances holds us captive.
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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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