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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
Anyone involved in fighting human trafficking will tell you hotels and motels are ground zero in the battle against this heinous crime.
But what if these men had performed their heinous acts in a virtual reality?
At 1:29 pm on January 25th, Chrissy Teigen shocked the world with the revelation that her entire toilet had mysteriously disappeared, a crime made more heinous by the fact that Teigen is currently pregnant and needs to pee literally all the time.
Earlier national polling shows consistent majority support for re-enfranchisement, particularly when those who have committed heinous crimes are exempted (as is the case in Florida’s initiative).
The Houthis in Yemen accuse the Saudis of cosying up to the Israelis—a most heinous crime in some Islamist circles.
Violence toward animals is not only a heinous crime that should be taken seriously, but a key indicator of potential violence toward people.
Speaking specifically to kink, and even more specifically to name-calling in bed, what happens within a consensual relationship is incomparable to the heinous non-consensual treatment women experience in the workplace.
As news of Hailey’s slaying spread in her community, residents were shocked by the heinous crime.
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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
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