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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.
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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