Definition of "heinous" [hei•nous]

  • Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable: a heinous crime. (adjective)

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Use "heinous" in a sentence
  • "Turkey's foreign ministry condemned what it called a "heinous assassination.""
  • "Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said she was outraged by what she called a "heinous" bombing."
  • "He described what he called the heinous nature of the crime, insisting that a troubled past couldn't justify Komisarjevsky's actions."