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Can a little coquetry in a good cause be such a heinous offence?

This is the twenty-seventh time we've had you up for this heinous, fearsome crime.

It was not a heinous sin, nor would it affect his moral character.

It was an error of artistry that he had committed; a heinous crime!

I call Thee to witness, my God, that I have considered how heinous has been my sin.

I never thought she had been guilty of anything—well, immoral, heinous.

Her family were all hostile to a musical career, and regarded her tastes as most heinous.

Nay, what, after all, are the so heinous faults upon which you animadvert?

It may be said, after all, that his behaviour was not so heinous.

O my son,' quoth the friar, 'seemeth this to thee so heinous a sin?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French hainos "inconvenient, awkward; hateful, unpleasant; odious" (Modern French haineux), from haine "hatred," from hair "to hate," from Frankish *hatjan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old English hatian "to hate;" see hate (v.)). Related: Heinously; heinousness.

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