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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nefariousness - the quality of being wickednefariousness - the quality of being wicked    
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
filthiness - moral corruption or pollution; "this deformity and filthiness of sin"
enormity - the quality of extreme wickedness
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Judge LeRoy Martin said court proceedings in the case have followed the law, adding: "There's no nefariousness."
In such cases, evidential claims supporting the nefariousness of the enemy frequently do not relate to the factual record (Bakir, Herring, Miller, & Robinson, 2018).
In The Omen (1976) -- whose title-font is echoed in the font used here -- Satan-spawned Damien was just a bad kid, so we could enjoy his nefariousness with a clear conscience.
The end point of this type of analysis inevitably ends up with a critique of Capital(ism) and/or Neoliberal nefariousness. This is all well and good but such analysis risks being disempowering.
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Don Vincenzo, the elderly Sicilian actor who, after moving to Naples, became one of the most famed interpreters of the character of Pulcinella at the Teatro San Carlino, listens as she tells him and his son that they should create a few tragicomic scripts featuring the patriots' heroics and the Bourbon's nefariousness in order to inspire the common people to support the republican mission.
For that, the first, ninth, and tenth chapters are the most illuminating because they establish the seeds of anarchism in his arguments regarding natural law, the nefariousness of the Framers' equivocation of terms, and the practices of the government itself.
Flem's nefariousness has been of critical concern for decades: in James Gray Watson's important early work on the trilogy, he refers to Flem as "a character so completely resistant to moral definition as to be literally inhuman" (12).