hei·nous /'hā-nəs/ adj: enormously and shockingly evil
a heinous crime
hei·nous·ly adv
hei·nous·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abhorrent, abominable, arrant, atrocious, awful, bad, baleful, baneful, base, beastly, black, confounded, contemptible, damnable, deplorable, despicable, detestabilis, detestable, devilish, diabolic, dire, disgraceful, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, egregious, evil, execrable, facinorous, flagitious, flagrant, foul, fulsome, ghastly, gross, hateful, hellish, horrendous, horrible, horrid, infamous, infernal, iniquitous, invidious, loathsome, low, malefic, mean, monstrous, nafarius, nasty, nefandus, nefarious, noisome, objectionable, obnoxious, odious, offensive, opprobrious, outrageous, pernicious, reprehensible, reptilian, repugnant, revolting, rotten, satanic, shameful, shocking, sickening, sinister, terrible, unprincipled, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wretched, wrong associated concepts: heinous crime II index arrant (onerous), bad (offensive), base (bad), blameful, contemptible, depraved, diabolic, disgraceful, disorderly, disreputable, gross (flagrant), immoral, inexcusable, inexpiable, iniquitous, loathsome, malevolent, malignant, nefarious, objectionable, obnoxious, odious, offensive (offending), outrageous, peccant (culpable), profligate (corrupt), reprehensible, reprobate, scandalous, sinister, unjust, vicious

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Heinous — Hei nous (h[=a] n[u^]s), a. [OF. ha[ i]nos hateful, F. haineux, fr. OF. ha[ i]ne hate, F. haine, fr. ha[ i]r to hate; of German origin. See {Hate}.] Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great offense; applied to deeds or to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heinous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ utterly abhorrent and wicked: a heinous crime. DERIVATIVES heinously adverb heinousness noun. ORIGIN Old French haineus, from hair to hate …   English terms dictionary

  • heinous — [hā′nəs] adj. [ME hainous < OFr hainös (Fr haineux) < haine, hatred < hair, to hate < Frank * hatjan, akin to Ger hassen, HATE] outrageously evil or wicked; abominable [a heinous crime] SYN. OUTRAGEOUS heinously adv. heinousness n …   English World dictionary

  • heinous — late 14c., from O.Fr. hainos inconvenient, awkward; hateful, unpleasant; odious (Mod.Fr. haineux), from haine hatred, from hair to hate, from Frankish *hatjan (Cf. O.S. haton, O.E. hatian to hate; see HATE (Cf. hate) (v.)). Related: Heinously …   Etymology dictionary

  • heinous — *outrageous, atrocious, monstrous Analogous words: *flagrant, glaring, gross, rank: nefarious, flagitious, infamous (see vicious) Antonyms: venial Contrasted words: trivial, trifling, *petty, paltry …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heinous — meaning ‘extremely wicked’, is pronounced hee nǝs …   Modern English usage

  • heinous — [adj] horrifying, monstrous abhorrent, abominable, accursed, atrocious, awful, bad, beastly, crying, cursed, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant, frightful, godawful*, grave, gross*, hateful, hideous, horrendous, infamous, iniquitous, nefarious …   New thesaurus

  • heinous — [[t]he͟ɪnəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something such as a crime as heinous, you mean that it is extremely evil or horrible. [FORMAL] Her life has been permanently blighted by his heinous crime... They are capable of the most… …   English dictionary

  • heinous — hei|nous [ˈheınəs] adj formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: haineus, from haine hate ] 1.) very shocking and immoral ▪ a heinous crime 2.) AmE spoken informal extremely bad ▪ The food in the cafeteria is pretty heinous. >heinousness… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • heinous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French hainus, heinous, from haine hate, from hair to hate, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German haz hate more at hate Date: 14th century hatefully or shockingly evil ; abominable • heinously …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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