• WordNet 3.6
    • n heinousness the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heinousness The condition or quality of being heinous; odiousness; enormity: as, the heinousness of a vice or crime.
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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.”


In literature:

Even a heinous murder would be unnoticed if perpetrated by one of them.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
All three were asked if their offences were not heinous, and if they had not been justly tried and lawfully condemned.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Instead, for some heinous but incomprehensible crime, she was being sent to prison.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Theft is the most usual offence, but crimes of a more heinous character are rare.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
For to entice to pleasant dalliaunce is a far lesse heinous fault.
"The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche" by Anatole France
Yes; and that after all that I said to you as to the heinousness of such wickedness.
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
If I had begun my story by stating exactly what constituted the crime of Amalgamated, my readers would not have grasped its heinousness.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
Daisy had a mind too pure to believe anything so heinous of her own sister as Hannibal had intimated.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
This was a heinous misdemeanour in the upright old sailor's eyes.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
Moreover, he had reasons why the thing he had done loomed up as a heinous offense.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine

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
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
He'll not with one loose word dispense,
Nor with a farthing's vain expence,
Nor moment, spent without due weight and heed —
No vanity, nor waste of time,
Nor act obscene, nor heinous crime;
But all must then be answer'd for with speed.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Leader of Shiite militia threatens American interests in Iraq due to ' heinous ' prophet film.
No Justification for Heinous Act.
PA Ballet superb, but OCP's 'Phaedra' libretto ' heinous .
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.
The perpetrators of such heinous crimes are getting smarter and there is a need for foolproof identity systems.
Good for him, he should want to die for coming up with such a heinous act.
Every day I see motorists tailgating, blaring horns for up to 20 seconds, usually in response to the heinous crime of being cut off.
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.
I've been wrong before, and I'll be wrong again, but I may never have been as wrong as I was when I initially predicted that Mitt Romney's heinous diatribe against 47 percent of America would have little direct impact on the election.
"There were some pretty heinous weeds out there," said Brimhall.
Faith helped Dorothy Lewis survive daughters' killings in heinous 1993 case.