Hei"nous (?), a. [OF. hainos hateful, F. haineux, fr. OF. haine hate, F. haine, fr. hair to hate; of German origin. See Hate.]

Hateful; hatefully bad; flagrant; odious; atrocious; giving great great offense; -- applied to deeds or to character.

It were most heinous and accursed sacrilege. Hooker.

How heinous had the fact been, how deserving Contempt! Milton.

Syn. -- Monstrous; flagrant; flagitious; atrocious.

-- Hei"nous*ly, adv. -- Hei"nous*ness, n.

 

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