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Definitions for nefarious
nɪˈfɛər i əsne·far·i·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nefarious, villainousadjective

    extremely wicked

    "nefarious schemes"; "a villainous plot"; "a villainous band of thieves"


  1. nefariousadjective

    infamous for being wicked

    The nefarious wizard was known for burning people alive during his secret rituals.

  2. nefariousadjective

    wicked or criminal

    The nefarious gangster was finally brought to justice.

  3. Etymology: From nefārius, from ne- + fari

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nefariousadjective

    Wicked; abominable.

    Etymology: nefarius, Latin.

    The most nefarious bastards, are they whom the law stiles incestuous bastards, which are begotten between ascendants and descendants, and between collateral, as far as the divine prohibition extends. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nefariousadverb

    wicked in the extreme; abominable; iniquitous; atrociously villainous; execrable; detestably vile


  1. Nefarious

    Nefarious is an EP by the indie rock band Spoon. It was released in 1994 on a tiny Texas-based imprint called Fluffer Records.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nefarious

    nē-fā′ri-us, adj. impious: extremely wicked: villainous.—adv. Nefā′riously.—n. Nefā′riousness.—adj. Nēfast′, abominable. [L. nefarius, contrary to divine law—ne, not, fas, divine law, prob. from fāri, to speak.]

Editors Contribution

  1. nefarious

    wicked, evil

    Submitted by cathi_b on November 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nefarious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nefarious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of nefarious in a Sentence

  1. Dave Korzep:

    It doesn't sound very nefarious, just a lack of common sense, driving under the influence, making wrong choices.

  2. Dani Bennett:

    These types of fraud pose a severe threat to homeland security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that enables criminals and other nefarious actors to gain entry and remain in the United States.

  3. Elizabeth Frantz -RRB- Sears:

    Are you going to look at the glass as half full or as half empty? Because if it’s half empty that’s a negative view of life, that’s where too many of our political leaders come from and all it does is serve their, I think, nefarious agenda to divide us and to say you’re a victim, you’re always going to be a victim, and the other people are the oppressors and so you need us.

  4. Alexander Vindman:

    When I Facts First saw the transcript without the two substantive items that I had attempted to include, I didn't see that as nefarious. I just saw Facts First as, OK, no big deal. You know, these might be meaningful, but it's not that big a deal.

  5. Angelino Alfano:

    It is disappointing to keep discovering faultlines in society, in the public administration, that favor nefarious operations.

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  • Patrick Kelley
    Patrick Kelley
    nefarious = ISIS= Devil = Satan =" unorgiveness enternally" ! For ever and ever and ever , Need I keep going on .Permanent Complete !
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irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
  • A. flabby
  • B. inexpiable
  • C. lacerate
  • D. lank

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