One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or their actions) criminal; villainous.
evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vileView synonyms
- ‘Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature.’
Late Middle English: from Latin flagitiosus, from flagitium ‘importunity, shameful crime’, from flagitare ‘demand earnestly’.
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