nefarious

[ ni-fair-ee-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Early 17th century; Latin

from Latin nefarius, from nefas, nefar- ‘wrong’ (from ne- ‘not’ + fas ‘divine law’) + -ous

Synonyms

  • heinous
  • horrible
  • evil

Antonyms

  • delightful
  • kind
  • good

Definition

extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous

Example

The children overheard the witch detailing her nefarious plan to capture them.

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