• WordNet 3.6
    • adj heinous extremely wicked, deeply criminal "a flagitious crime","heinous accusations"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Heinous hā"nŭs Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great offense; -- applied to deeds or to character. "It were most heinous and accursed sacrilege.""How heinous had the fact been, how deserving
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heinous Hateful; odious; reprehensible.
    • heinous Hence Reprehensibly great; enormous; aggravated: sometimes used (in a similar sense) of persons.
    • heinous Synonyms Wicked, Infamous, etc. (see atrocious); flagitious, dreadful, horrible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heinous hā′nus wicked in a high degree, enormous: atrocious
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  • Peggy Noonan
    “If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. haïnos, hateful, F. haineux, fr. OF. haïne, hate, F. haine, fr. haïr, to hate; of German origin. See Hate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. haïnos (Fr. haineux)—haïr, to hate.


In literature:

The officer of Eskdale-side shall blow, 'Out on you, out on you, out on you for this heinous crime!
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
It is far less heinous, and far more easily forgiven.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
No sin, however heinous, could have fallen upon her with more crushing effect.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
For offences so heinous satisfaction must be given.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
That stealing potatoes was a very heinous offence, more particularly in women.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
The lord also had the right to land forfeited on account of certain heinous crimes.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
But the so-called Christian life that does not honor Christ makes its sin the more heinous for the name it bears.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Is it become so heinous a thing to show mercy?
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
No doubt suicide, under many circumstances, is a crime, a very heinous one.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Can he be guilty of a more heinous motive and aim?
"Talkers" by John Bate

In poetry:

O let me not mis-spend my time
In any sin, or heinous crime —
But let me spend it in such ways,
As tend to manifest thy praise!
"A Prayer For Mr. Samuel Prichard, The Author's Son" by Rees Prichard
O God, thou hast most gracious been,
And pardon'd many a heinous sin;
Then be not more severe to me,
Though sinful to the last degree!
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
There's not a heinous vice, that I can name,
Which I did not, till I was cloy'd, plunge-in,
Until a proverb my bad life became,
And I was judg'd Manasses to out-sin.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
Provokt with crimes of such an heinous kind
Allmighty Justice sware the doom designd,
That these shoud never reach ye promisd seat,
& Moses gently mourns their hastend fate.
"Moses" by Thomas Parnell
Shall we "stand at ease," and not rush to the fray,
While the blood of the weak is tramped in the clay?
While the slimy "Medusa" of heinous crime
Is singing her deeds in perfidious rhyme?
"Hail to Lochiel And Lovat" by Angus Cameron Robertson
Thy bosom beat — thy hair by handfuls tear —
A-down thy cheeks let tears in torrents run,
And ne'er to own thy heinous crimes forbear —
But cry, "Forgive me, Lord! the ill I've done."
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard

In news:

The United States must hold the Palestinians accountable for these unprovoked, heinous acts.
Sheriff's investigators believe that Jacob Tyler Roberts acted alone in what they described as a "heinous, horrible, tragic crime.".
Romney described the attacks as "evil and cowardly and heinous acts," and said the anniversary serves as a moment to "renew our resolve to protect America from the designs of evil men.
Why should they trigger alarms that his heinous acts to date have not.
That the administration and teachers who witnessed the heinous display did nothing to stop it is very telling.
They portray minorities as heinous perpetrators and rich white people as victims.
Good for him, he should want to die for coming up with such a heinous act.
Still couldn't believe she could have committed such a heinous act.
The man who allegedly doused his elderly boss with gasoline and torched her to death in a heinous attack in a Brooklyn elevator did so to settle the score over a debt, authorities said.
LOGAN, Ohio — A prosecutor expressed frustration Thursday at not being able to file tougher charges against a college student accused in a heinous case of animal cruelty.
I didn't think it was possible to out-heinous Tim Urban, but you found a way.
"There were some pretty heinous weeds out there," said Brimhall.
It's hard to believe people would confess to a heinous crime they did not commit, but they do -- especially teenagers -- and there is no place in the US where this has occurred more than in Chicago.
After given what a prosecutor called an "opportunity" implicit in a 10 -year plea bargain for heinous local sex crime s, a middle-aged man was scolded for not offering any signs of remorse.
How – and why – in 2012 would someone do something so heinous.