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[hey-nuh s] /ˈheɪ nəs/

hateful; odious; abominable; totally reprehensible:
a heinous offense.
/ˈheɪnəs; ˈhiː-/
evil; atrocious

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.


Bad; crappy, gross, lame (1980s+ Students)


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