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
The definition of heinous is very evil or horrible.
An example of heinous is a brutal murder.
- 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.
- Adam's heinous actions in 2009 included taking over Newman Enterprises and firing his siblings, gas lighting Ashley Abbott Newman, his stepmother and conspiring with Jack Abbott to frame Victor for murder.
- When Cecil openly questions his king, the monarch strips him of his command and asks him to commit an act so heinous that it ultimately sends the knight on his own personal quest for redemption.
- But it did not stop the heinous acts he's committing.
- Not all the sins named are equally heinous according to modern conceptions; many of them deal with petty offences against religious usages that seem to us but trifling.
- Yet even in the enlightened 18th century popular fanaticism made of sacrilege the most heinous offence.