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[ni-fair-ee-uh s] /nɪˈfɛər i əs/

extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous:
a nefarious plot.
evil; wicked; sinful

c.1600, from Latin nefarius “wicked, abominable, impious,” from nefas “crime, wrong, impiety,” from ne- “not” (see un-) + fas “right, lawful, divinely spoken,” related to fari “to speak” (see fame (n.)). Related: Nefariously.


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