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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
Just as chilling is the unremitting vengefulness of the prostitutes, led by Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher), for their demand for blood justice seems far out of proportion to the attack, no matter how heinous.
Evidently in the eyes of the editorialist, what Vick did to dogs is more heinous than what Tyreke Hill did to the mother of his baby.
Although they were kidnapped from their homeland, tortured, raped and made to work for free as human chattel, any scholar will tell you that the most heinous thing about slavery was actually the name-calling.
The police came to campus, accused Eric of a heinous crime, cuffed him and stuffed him into a squad car.
Give us a bit of background—and describe his heinous deeds.
In the meantime, the discourse over whether executing someone for the most heinous crimes continues, with both sides standing firm behind their beliefs.
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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
legal Definition of heinous
- a heinous crime
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