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
In our legal system, only the most heinous crimes justify no limitations period at all.
Life sentences for juvenile killers in Florida are still permissible, but must be reserved for only the most heinous killers.
Focusing on his charm runs the risk of fetishizing Bundy's story, or desensitizing the audience to the heinous truth behind his crimes.
Men who committed some of Alaska's most heinous crimes could help rehabilitate other inmates and save money for the Department of Corrections.
As news of Hailey’s slaying spread in her community, residents were shocked by the heinous crime.
White men commit the majority of all heinous crimes, including murders, rapes and Electric Slide missteps.
But this growing societal consensus begins to crack when the focus shifts toward those offenders from the highest tier of privilege and who have often committed the most heinous crimes: white men who commit mass shootings.
Stinky-ass shoes being heinous is an issue both sides of the aisle can agree on.
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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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