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Definition shockingly brutal or cruel
  • What could drive a person to commit such a heinous crime?
heinous = shockingly brutal or cruel
  • Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
    To be asham'd to be my father's child!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • heinous = shockingly brutal or cruel
  • 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
  • heinously = shockingly brutal or cruel
  • It is a heinous thing to kill one who is of noble blood.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • 'You may as well face the matter, said I; 'you have been caught in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous.'
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If thou delight to view thy heinous deeds,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • But let me claim your attention, while we look over the particulars of this heinous offence.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Pioneers
  • I have omitted whole heinous episodes.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  A Thief in the Night
  • By Creon guilty of a heinous crime.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Was it a heinous offence to own an accidental likeness to a king's son?
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Outlaw of Torn
  • Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear
  • Which Rome reputes to be a heinous sin,
    Shakespeare, William  --  Titus Andronicus
  • There shouldst thou find one heinous article,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard II
  • Which harm within itself so heinous is
    Shakespeare, William  --  King John
  • not very heinous, mademoiselle," he returned, "a mere abuse of confidence.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Alack, what heinous sin is it in me
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • 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
  • However, I also saw our own men commit acts just as heinous.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Ban Kimoon, the UN secretary general, called it "a heinous and cowardly act."
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • " 'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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