Definition of heinous
: hatefully or shockingly evil : abominable
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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 mascot for the Atlanta Olympics never did anything too heinous.
His crime was particularly heinous, his conviction is valid, and a competent state court with jurisdiction over his case properly set his execution date according to Alabama law.
In the last few weeks, white racists have committed heinous acts of violence.
To be sure, inmates can be violent and unruly, and many have been convicted of heinous crimes.
Though Ramadan is a month when the vast majority of Muslims are fasting and praying, ISIS asks its followers to commit heinous acts of terror.
While many are stunned by the heinous act of violence, the people closest to the situation say they're not shocked by Godbolt's outrage, according to CBS affiliate WJTV.
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While admitting that the some of the allegation are heinous, Mariner says that the lawyers for the anonymous Yale law students have caused him a long face by needlessly entangled him in a bizarre legal machinations.
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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
: enormously and shockingly evil a heinous crime
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