nefarious


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ne·far·i·ous

 (nə-fâr′ē-əs)
adj.
Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.

[Latin nefārius, from nefās, crime, transgression : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + fās, divine law; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

ne·far′i·ous·ly adv.
ne·far′i·ous·ness n.

nefarious

(nɪˈfɛərɪəs)
adj
evil; wicked; sinful
[C17: from Latin nefārius, from nefās unlawful deed, from not + fās divine law]
neˈfariously adv
neˈfariousness n

ne•far•i•ous

(nɪˈfɛər i əs)

adj.
extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.
[1595–1605; < Latin nefārius wicked, vile, adj. derivative of nefās offense against divine law =ne- negative prefix + fās divine law]
ne•far′i•ous•ly, adv.
ne•far′i•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nefarious - extremely wickednefarious - extremely wicked; "nefarious schemes"; "a villainous plot"; "a villainous band of thieves"
wicked - morally bad in principle or practice

nefarious

nefarious

adjective
Translations

nefarious

[nɪˈfɛərɪəs] ADJnefario, vil, inicuo

nefarious

adj (form)schändlich, ruchlos (liter); nefarious deedFreveltat f (liter), → ruchlose Tat

nefarious

[nɪˈfɛərɪəs] adj (liter) → scellerato/a
References in classic literature ?
And now, thus unexpectedly, I found myself joining the nefarious conspiracy.
Less figuratively speaking, he came up into the printing-office to expose from the book the nefarious plagiarism of an editor in a neighboring city, who had adapted with the change of names and a word or two here and there, whole passages from the essay on Barere, to the denunciation of a brother editor.
These methods are when, either by some wicked or nefarious ways, one ascends to the principality, or when by the favour of his fellow-citizens a private person becomes the prince of his country.
He further informed Captain Bonneville that the competition between the Rocky Mountain and American Fur Companies which had led to such nefarious stratagems and deadly feuds, was at an end; they having divided the country between them, allotting boundaries within which each was to trade and hunt, so as not to interfere with the other.
Hunt and his associates to the perfidious instigations of Rose the interpreter, whom they suspected of the desire to foment ill-will between them and the savages, for the promotion of his nefarious plans.
Desolate, however, as it was, this was the apartment of the castle which had been judged most fitting for the accommodation of the Saxon heiress; and here she was left to meditate upon her fate, until the actors in this nefarious drama had arranged the several parts which each of them was to perform.
What if the Big Bwana, as the head-man called him, had surprised "Hanson" in his nefarious work.
Had he found Dian the Beautiful, his half-savage mate, safe among his friends, or had Hooja the Sly One succeeded in his nefarious schemes to abduct her?
I crept close, feeling unspeakably mean; I got my Turkish penny ready, and was extending a trembling hand to make the nefarious exchange, when I heard a cough behind me.
We therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in us by Almighty God do command that you cease these nefarious practices-
He wished that the girl spoke English and then it occurred to him that as he had seen her in disguise in the British camp carrying on her nefarious work as a German spy, she probably did speak English and so he asked her.
Twemlow had first known Veneering at his club, where Veneering then knew nobody but the man who made them known to one another, who seemed to be the most intimate friend he had in the world, and whom he had known two days--the bond of union between their souls, the nefarious conduct of the committee respecting the cookery of a fillet of veal, having been accidentally cemented at that date.