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What could drive a person to commit such a heinous crime?
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heinous heinously heinousness
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  • What could drive a person to commit such a heinous crime?
  • Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
    To be asham’d to be my father’s child!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • And even she was more complicated than I thought, keeping a secret that she thought was too terrible to reveal, out of a heinously twisted protective instinct.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • She could imagine a thousand heinous people who might have some bone to pick out of Richie’s skull—even his friends were scary.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park

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  • Ban Kimoon, the UN secretary general, called it "a heinous and cowardly act."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • These are the investigators who figured out this heinous crime, and we need them in court to present our case.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Heinous!
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Johnny Wayne was arrested and charged with both first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and because of the heinous nature of the crime, the State of Tennessee was seeking the death penalty.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that folks who distributed meth could be persuaded to do something far more heinous, even if it meant hurting their country.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • However, somewhere between ages sixteen and nineteen I realized that most lawyers never meet even one man falsely accused of some heinous crime and that many of the more mundane legal tasks require about as much imagination as testing a streptococcus culture.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves

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  • All whites, especially myself, were guilty of heinous, extraordinarily brutal crimes against humanity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Alfred T Slipper becomes a righteous pillar of light so painfully bright that the most heinous villain trembles before him and confesses!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • The hunting of whales is a heinous crime.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The young woman’s heart revolted against so heinous a charge, and when she saw that she could attempt to do nothing to save her protector, she wept bitterly.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He moaned the whole night through as if he had, in fact, been guilty of some heinous crime.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • We definitely have our disagreements—and Wes, it should never be forgotten, is in prison for his participation in a heinous crime.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • But since we both hated our jobs, we decided to do them together so it wouldn’t be so heinous.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • "You have been brought here before the Council of Magical Law," he said clearly, "so that we may pass judgment on you, for a crime so heinous —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Nor are the most conscientious compilations of Natural History for the benefit of the young and tender, free from the same heinousness of mistake.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behaviour.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Let me then advise you, dear sir, to console yourself as much as possible, to throw off your unworthy child from your affection for ever, and leave her to reap the fruits of her own heinous offense.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "They’re only alleged to be heinous and evil by the criminals, Bella."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Most vile yet, their offspring–the next generation, which my kind nearly worshipped for their promise–had all too often been victims of heinous crimes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • He pronounced "incorrect" as though the term described the most heinous crime imaginable, and I stared at him open-mouthed, feeling a vague guilt.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Thus by the law of conscience I was led To honor thee, dear brother, and was judged By Creon guilty of a heinous crime.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The word lingered in the air once I had uttered it, dancing before me, and because he received it silently, making no comment, the word magnified itself into something heinous and appalling, a forbidden word, unnatural to the tongue.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • It is the least obvious but most heinous of all race crimes, for it kills the spirit and the will to live.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • She was nearly as tall as Yossarian, and for a few fantastic, terror-filled moments he was certain she would overpower him in her crazed determination, crush him to the ground and rip him apart mercilessly limb from limb for some heinous crime he had never committed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Even if Katie or Josh or Jon or Tyler committed some heinous crime, he still wouldn’t do it.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • For more than a decade after the bombings, the hibakusha lived in an economic limbo, apparently because the Japanese government did not want to find itself saddled with anything like moral responsibility for heinous acts of the victorious United States.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • For various and heinous are the acts of transgression against the rule of our blessed Order in this lamentable history.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But then suddenly, following a particularly heinous insinuation against his employer, my father brought the car to an abrupt halt.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Not that this would be such a heinous thing"I mean, no boys are going to see it in the girls’ room"but I sort of like keeping my name off walls, for the most part.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • In a legal view the apparent victim of the tragedy was he who had sought to victimize a man blameless; and the indisputable deed of the latter, navally regarded, constituted the most heinous of military crimes.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Thou art arm’d, Gloster:—let the trumpet sound: If none appear to prove upon thy person Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, There is my pledge [throwing down a glove]; I’ll prove it on thy heart, Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less Than I have here proclaim’d thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Every sin would then come forth from its lurking place, the most rebellious against the divine will and the most degrading to our poor corrupt nature, the tiniest imperfection and the most heinous atrocity.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It was in favor of liberty of conscience, and in behalf of the Baptists, Quakers, and other sectaries that had been under persecution, ascribing the Indian wars, and other distresses that had befallen the country, to that persecution, as so many judgments of God to punish so heinous an offense, and exhorting a repeal of those uncharitable laws.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • When he did something heinous, like chunking a rock through the back window because he barely missed my ducking, weaving head, he would run like a Tennessee racehorse.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I had the sinking feeling that this schmuck’s inside was going to match his heinous outside, and I went on full alert.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • From tender youth we are told by father and teacher that betrayal is the most heinous offense imaginable.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • AS HE proceeded to his office, accompanied by Alden and the officials in this case, his thought was running on the motive of this heinous crime—the motive.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The defendant committed the offense in a particularly heinous, cruel, or depraved manner that involved torture or physical abuse to the victim.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Not God Omnipotent, nor Fate; yet so Perhaps thou shalt not die, perhaps the fact Is not so heinous now, foretasted fruit, Profaned first by the serpent, by him first Made common, and unhallowed, ere our taste; Nor yet on him found deadly; yet he lives; Lives, as thou saidst, and gains to live, as Man, Higher degree of life; inducement strong To us, as likely tasting to attain Proportional ascent; which cannot be But to be Gods, or Angels, demi-Gods.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Containing an incident of a more heinous kind, with the comments of Thwackum and Square.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I will put on your record that you were expelled on a morals charge of the most heinous nature, Mr. McLean.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • And so saying, quite unconscious of his heinous offence, he amalgamated into one common heap those portions of a Dotheboys Hall card of terms, which represented his own counters, and those allotted to Miss Price, respectively.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds, Behold this pattern of thy butcheries.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • As far as he knew, she might be a felon with a list of heinous crimes on her rap sheet.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • 31:11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • But let me claim your attention, while we look over the particulars of this heinous offence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
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