An example of heinous is a brutal murder.
Origin of heinousMiddle English hainous from Old French hainös (Fr haineux) from haine, hatred from hair, to hate from Frankish an unverified form hatjan, akin to German hassen, hate
- Wicked; abominable: a heinous crime.
- Informal Very unappealing; ugly: showed up wearing that heinous shirt.
Origin of heinousMiddle English from Old French haineus from haine hatred from hair to hate from Frankish hatjan
(comparative more heinous, superlative most heinous)
- Totally reprehensible.
- I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.
- Nouns to which "heinous" is often applied: crime, act, sin, murder, offence.
From Old French haineus (compare French haineux) from haïr (“to hate”), of Germanic origin.