What does heinous mean?

Definitions for heinous
ˈheɪ nəsheinous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flagitious, heinousadjective

    extremely wicked, deeply criminal

    "a flagitious crime"; "heinous accusations"


  1. heinousadjective

    Totally reprehensible.

    I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.

  2. Etymology: From haineus (compare French haineux) from hair, of origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HEINOUSadjective

    Atrocious; wicked in a high degree.

    Etymology: haineux, French, from hain, hate; or from the Teutonick hoon, shame.

    To abrogate or innovate the gospel of Christ, if men or angels should attempt, it were most heinous and accursed sacrilege. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 10.

    This is the man should do the bloody deed:
    The image of a wicked heinous fault
    Lives in his eye. William Shakespeare, King John.

    As it is a most heinous, so it is a most dangerous impiety to despise him that can destroy us. John Tillotson, Sermons.


  1. heinous

    Heinous is an adjective that describes something extremely wicked, abhorrent, or shockingly evil in nature. It refers to actions or behaviors that are exceedingly vile, cruel, or morally reprehensible in a way that is disturbing, offensive, or detestable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heinousadjective

    hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great great offense; -- applied to deeds or to character

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heinous

    hā′nus, adj. wicked in a high degree, enormous: atrocious.—adv. Hei′nously.—n. Hei′nousness. [O. Fr. haïnos (Fr. haineux)—haïr, to hate.]

Anagrams for heinous »

  1. in house

  2. in-house

  3. inhouse

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heinous in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heinous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of heinous in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    I'm not going to talk about specific individuals, when there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action.

  2. President Ivan Duque:

    We want to keep strengthening our fight against the criminals that have been linked to these heinous crimes.

  3. John Hannah:

    If possible, he'll want to do serious damage to Assad's ability to carry out these kinds of heinous attacks, but beyond simply destroying hardware, he'll want to get deep inside the head of Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers.

  4. Mike Garcia:

    I’m praying for Paul Pelosi and condemn violence against anyone, no matter who does it. After having my volunteers get assaulted and my family members’ lives threatened, I am disgusted by this violent attack.We need to hold these individuals accountable, for opportunists like @ChristySmithCA to politicize this for personal gain is shameful and heinous. Americans are sick of the violence. We need to support law enforcement and accept only law and order. My prayers are with Paul Pelosi.

  5. Saudi Arabia:

    The perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people, who count the American people as friends and allies.

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