Nefarious meaning

nə-fârē-əs
Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.
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The definition of nefarious is someone who is known for being very wicked.

An example of nefarious is Adolf Hitler.

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Very wicked; villainous; iniquitous.
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The nefarious gangster was finally brought to justice.

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Infamous for being wicked.

The nefarious wizard was known for burning people alive during his secret rituals.

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Origin of nefarious

  • Latin nefārius from nefās crime, transgression ne- not ne in Indo-European roots fās divine law dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin nefārius (“execrable, abominable"), from nefas (“something contrary to divine law, an impious deed, sin, crime"), from ne- (“not") + fas (“the dictates of religion, divine law"), related to for (“I speak, I say"), and cognate to φημί (phemi, “I say").

    From Wiktionary