Definition of heinous in English:

heinous

adjective

  • (of a person or wrongful act, especially a crime) utterly odious or wicked.

    ‘a battery of heinous crimes’
    • ‘Well some incredibly good things have come about because of it, but some heinous atrocities were carried out in its name.’
    • ‘He might end up in prison, but, however long his sentence and however heinous his crime, his citizenship was secure.’
    • ‘Her angelic appearance and heinous crimes have made her an object of morbid public fascination.’
    • ‘How did they live with themselves, knowing they would commit such a heinous act?’
    • ‘Hence minorities were also targeted for committing various heinous crimes.’
    • ‘The decision of the Home Secretary was based on the fact that some crimes are so heinous as to justify life imprisonment.’
    • ‘The candidate has to be involved in two separate cases of heinous crimes to attract disqualification.’
    • ‘The pressure on companies to make money for their shareholders has led to some truly heinous acts, in my view.’
    • ‘Also the list of heinous offences should be expanded to cover social and economic offences.’
    • ‘What heinous sin had these women committed to be singled out for divine retribution?’
    • ‘In this and other cases, it was an absolutist sense of superiority that allowed such heinous acts.’
    • ‘They feel that certain crimes are so heinous that executing the criminal is the only reasonable response.’
    • ‘Yes, human life is the most sacred thing and taking other people's lives is a heinous act.’
    • ‘Let's say you commit the heinous sin of dropping a cigarette end in the street in York.’
    • ‘But his mind's eye isn't fraught with mournful replays of a life cut short by a heinous crime.’
    • ‘This is why the death penalty is usually reserved for only the most heinous criminals.’
    • ‘And he committed his heinous crime right here, down this very country lane.’
    • ‘But to plan somebody's murder is a particularly heinous crime and I think few people would do that.’
    • ‘Who were the planners and perpetrators of this cowardly and heinous crime?’
    • ‘Such sentiments have been fed by lurid newspaper stories of heinous crimes committed by non-Japanese.’
    odious, wicked, evil, atrocious, monstrous, disgraceful, abominable, detestable, contemptible, reprehensible, despicable, horrible, horrific, horrifying, terrible, awful, abhorrent, loathsome, outrageous, shocking, shameful, hateful, hideous, unspeakable, unpardonable, unforgivable, inexcusable, execrable, ghastly, iniquitous, villainous, nefarious, beneath contempt, beyond the pale
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French haineus, from hair ‘to hate’, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

heinous

/ˈheɪnəs//ˈhānəs/