AskDefine | Define heinous

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heinous adj : shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn: atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous]

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  • a RP /ˈheɪnəs/|/ˈhiːnəs/
  • a US /ˈheɪnəs/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪnəs


en-adj more
  1. Totally reprehensible, horrible, wicked.
    I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.


  • Dutch: afschuwelijk, afgrijselijk, afschrikwekkend, verschrikkelijk
  • Finnish: katala, kauhea

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