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.