heinous Definition

hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible.

Using heinous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "heinous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The heinous crime shocked the entire nation.

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    The dictator's heinous acts of violence were condemned by the international community.

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    The company's heinous treatment of its employees led to a boycott.

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    The defendant was found guilty of committing a heinous act against humanity.

heinous Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for heinous

Phrases with heinous

  • a serious and morally wrong act that is widely condemned


    The perpetrator of the heinous crime was sentenced to life in prison.

  • an action that is considered extremely wicked or evil


    The terrorist group claimed responsibility for the heinous act of bombing the embassy.

  • a criminal act that is considered particularly cruel, brutal, or depraved


    The judge handed down a harsh sentence for the defendant's heinous offense.

Origins of heinous

from Old French 'haine', meaning 'hate'


Summary: heinous in Brief

The term 'heinous' [ˈheɪnəs] describes something that is hateful, odious, and totally reprehensible. It is often used to describe serious crimes or morally wrong acts that are widely condemned, such as 'The heinous crime shocked the entire nation.' 'Heinous' has synonyms like 'atrocious' and 'monstrous,' and antonyms like 'commendable' and 'admirable.'

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